10 July 1553 – Queen Jane

| July 10, 2014

10 July 1553 – Queen Jane

On the afternoon of Monday 10th July 1553, Lady Jane Grey, her husband Guildford Dudley, her parents and Guildford’s mother arrived by barge at the Tower of London, having travelled from Syon. They were greeted there by Guildford’s father John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, and other councillors, before they made their way through the Tower […]

21 June 1553 – Lady Jane Grey Chosen as Edward VI’s Heir

| June 21, 2014

21 June 1553 – Lady Jane Grey Chosen as Edward VI’s Heir

On 21st June 1553, letters patent were issued changing Edward VI’s heir from his half-sister Mary to Lady Jane Grey, the eldest daughter of Edward’s cousin Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk. The following is taken from The chronicle of Queen Jane, and of two years of Queen Mary, and especially of the rebellion of Sir […]

Remembering Lady Jane Grey and Guildford Dudley – 12 February 1554

| February 12, 2014

Remembering Lady Jane Grey and Guildford Dudley – 12 February 1554

On 12th February 1554, Lady Jane Grey and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were executed. Guildford was beheaded on Tower Hill and Jane was beheaded withing the walls of the Tower of London. Jane was sixteen years old and Guildford was around 18/19 years old. You can read all about their executions in my previous posts: […]

The Dudley Carving of the Beauchamp Tower, Tower of London

| October 21, 2013

The Dudley Carving of the Beauchamp Tower, Tower of London

This beautiful carving of the Dudley coat of arms is thought to have been made by John Dudley, son of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, who died on this day in 1554 shortly after his release from the Tower of London. John is said to have carved the coat of arms into the stone wall […]

19 July 1553 – Mary I Proclaimed Queen

| July 19, 2013

19 July 1553 – Mary I Proclaimed Queen

On 19th July 1553, thirteen days after the death of her half-brother, Edward VI, Mary was proclaimed Queen in place of Queen Jane. The Earls of Pembroke and Arundel had called a council meeting the previous day to convince council members that Mary’s claim to the throne was legitimate, but it was on this day […]

10 July 1553 – Lady Jane Grey Proclaimed Queen

| July 10, 2013

10 July 1553 – Lady Jane Grey Proclaimed Queen

On this day in history, in the afternoon, Lady Jane Grey, daughter of Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, and Frances Brandon (daughter of Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk), was proclaimed Queen at the Tower of London. Jane, her husband, Guildford Dudley (son of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland), Jane’s parents and […]

25 May 1553 – The Marriage of Lady Jane Grey and Guildford Dudley

| May 25, 2013

25 May 1553 – The Marriage of Lady Jane Grey and Guildford Dudley

On 25th1 May 1553 a triple wedding took place at Durham Place, the London home of the Dudley family: Guildford Dudley, son of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, married Lady Jane Grey, daughter of Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, and Frances Brandon. Katherine Dudley, the 12 year-old sister of Guildford, married Lord Henry Herbert, son […]

23 February 1554 – Execution of Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk

| February 23, 2013

23 February 1554 – Execution of Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk

On this day in history, 23rd February 1554, Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, was executed on Tower Hill following his involvement in the failed rebellion against Mary I – Wyatt’s Rebellion – and his attempt to flee the country. Suffolk’s daughter and son-in-law, Lady Jane Grey and Lord Guildford Dudley, had been executed eleven days […]