Kelci's Corner: Who was Lady Jane Grey?

Kelci Woolley

Who was the Nine Days Queen?

Lady Jane Grey was a Tudor noblewoman in her teenage years, she was said to have been born in October 1536 or 1537 in either London or Bradgate Park. By the time Jane was born, her parents were not public figures, so Jane was not actually intended to be Queen, therefore her early years were never documented. Jane had a gigantic family, but she is recognized to belong to the ‘Grey’ household, her father was Henry Grey, her mother was Lady Frances Brandon who is the daughter of Mary Tudor, Henry VIII’s younger sister. Jane also had two younger sisters Katherine & Mary Grey. Historians believe that Jane’s parents were unkind towards her and this made Grey very miserable, she put in writing that the cruelty from her mother & father made her feel that she was in hell. Although Lady Jane’s mother was acknowledged to be an abusive mother to Jane, the only suggestion that was found by writers is Jane complaining about her parents, so these writers should not rely on the “pinches, nips, bobs and other ways” as reliable evidence of this abuse. Some of you might like to know that Jane was fairly articulate for a Lady. She was one of the only ‘Ladies’ in her day to get an excellent education with terrific tutors who taught her, French, Italian, Latin, Greek & Hebrew. Grey also loved to read books, in fact you would most likely find her reading Plato instead of doing sports and family hunts. She was once questioned by the visiting scholar Roger Ascham why she wasn’t hunting with her family, her response to his query was “their sport in the Parke is but a shadoe to the pleasure I find in Plato. Alas! Good folke, they never felt what trewe pleasurement”.
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A Triple Wedding!

Grey ultimately got married to Lord Guildford Dudley on the 25th May 1553. Notably, her two younger sisters Katherine and Mary got married on the exact same day. As King Edward was able to choose his successor when he died Lady Jane’s father-in-law swooped in and tried to persuade the King to make Jane his successor, and upon Edwards’s death Lady Jane Grey became the Queen of England. This angered the Catholics and of course Edward VI’s half sister Mary, she fled to East Anglia before she could be imprisoned to raise herself an army. Her army soon returned to London and began protesting in favour of putting Mary Tudor on the throne. Mary was victorious and on the ninth day of Jane being Queen, herself, her husband, her father and father-in-law were all imprisoned in the Tower of London and Mary became Queen of England in July 1553.
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When Jane Grey Met Her Fate

When Jane was still in the tower, she wrote a letter to her second cousin (Mary I) struggling to explain herself, but the new Queen would not change her judgment. Mary made Jane and her family take a trial. They were all found guilty and were convicted of high treason, Mary punished them to death and on 12th February 1554 before she met her fate, Jane addressed the public with her final words. Lady Jane Grey famously placed a handkerchief across her eyes, she laid her head on the stool, she breathed the last words of Jesus on the cross and that was when her short life of 17 years was over.
Kelci’s Corner: Who was Lady Jane Grey?
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Kelci’s Corner: Who was Lady Jane Grey?

Kelci Woolley

I am from Hampshire, UK. My favourite things are signing, Doctor Who and history. I'm so fortunate to be part of the team. My favourite part of history to research is the English Kings and Queens especially the Tudors.
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