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: […]

Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

| November 21, 2013

Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

On this day in 1559, Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk, died at Richmond. She was buried in St Edmund’s Chapel, Westminster Abbey, on the orders of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, and her second husband, Adrian Stokes, erected a tomb in her memory. Frances was born on the 16th July 1517, St Francis’s Day, at […]

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 […]

12 February 1554 – The Executions of Lady Jane Grey and Lord Guildford Dudley

| February 12, 2013

12 February 1554 – The Executions of Lady Jane Grey and Lord Guildford Dudley

On this day in history, 12th February 1554, Lady Jane Grey and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were beheaded in London; Guildford on Tower Hill and Jane within the walls of the Tower of London. Chronicler and printer Richard Grafton recorded their executions (tip: ‘v’s and ‘u’s are interchangeable in primary sources like this): “The. xij. […]

21 November 1559 – Death of Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk

| November 21, 2012

21 November 1559 – Death of Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk, at Richmond. She was buried in St Edmund’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey, on the orders of Elizabeth I, her cousin, and a tomb was erected in her memory by her second husband, Adrian Stokes. The Latin transcription on the monument reads, when […]