Lady Jane Grey

Lady Jane Grey
Reigned for nine days in 1553

Birth: ? 1537
Religion: Protestant
Death: She was beheaded with her husband ordered by Mary Tudor in February 12, 1554.
Buried: St Peter ad Vincula.
Father: Henry Grey (First duke of Suffolk)
Mother: Lady Frances Brandon.
Siblings: Lady Catherine Grey, Lady Mary Grey.
Husband: Lord Guildford Dudley.
Children: None

Lady Jane Grey had an excellent education and a strict upbringing. Once, a visiting scholar came to her home and noticed her reading ‘Plato’. She complained:

‘For when I am in the presence of either father or mother, whether I speak, keep silence, sit, stand or go, eat, drink, be merry or sad, be sewing, playing, dancing, or doing anything else, I must do it as it were in such weight, measure and number, even so perfectly as God made the world; or else I am so sharply taunted, so cruelly threatened, yea presently sometimes with pinches, nips and bobs and other ways (which I will not name for the honour I bear them) that I think myself in hell.’

In early 1547, she was sent to live with Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour (Catherine married Thomas soon after Henry died) She lived in their household until she died in childbirth, 1548
Jane went to Catherine’s funeral and stayed with Thomas for another two months until he got imprisoned in the Tower of London for treason. He was beheaded in 1549.

When Lady Jane Grey came to power, no-one knew her and everyone was expecting Mary Tudor to be queen. When Jane sent a letter to Mary asking to be recognised as Queen, Mary sent an army to get her removed from power. (Rumour has it that she was so stressed, her skin was peeling off!)
She married Lord Guildford Dudley in 1553, and was executed with him when Mary ordered for her to be executed, (She was only 16.)
Since her reign was only nine days, Lady Jane is not mentioned as a queen very often.

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