Lady Jane Grey and Queen Mary I – who was the usurper?

| February 20, 2017

With it having been the anniversary of the birth of Queen Mary I on 18th February, there have been lots of discussions on blogs and social media regarding Mary, her reign and also her accession. Mary I became queen on 19th July 1553 after she successfully deposed her first cousin once removed, Lady Jane Grey, […]

12 February 1554 – Lady Jane Grey and Lord Guildford Dudley are executed

| February 12, 2017

On this day in history, 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 just sixteen years old and Guildford was around 18/19 years old. Here are links to read more […]

13 November 1553 – The trial of an archbishop and a queen

| November 13, 2016

On this day in history, 13th November 1553, Lady Jane Grey (or Queen Jane as I think of her) was tried for treason in a public trial at Guildhall, London, along with her husband Guildford Dudley, his brothers Ambrose and Henry, and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. They were all found guilty and condemned to death, the […]

25 May 1553 – Lady Jane Grey gets married

| May 25, 2016

25 May 1553 – Lady Jane Grey gets married

On this day in 1553,1 a triple wedding took place at Durham House, the London residence of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. Lady Jane Grey married Guildford Dudley, one of the Duke’s sons, her sister Lady Katherine Grey married Lord Henry Herbert, son of the Earl of Pembroke, and Guildford’s sister, twelve year-old Lady Catherine […]

John Dudley and His Friends by Christine Hartweg

| March 18, 2016

John Dudley and His Friends by Christine Hartweg

Thank you so much to Christine Hartweg, author of the new book John Dudley: The Life of Lady Jane Grey’s Father-in-Law for sharing a guest post on John Dudley with us today. Christine’s book is an excellent read, and, as I state in my endorsement on its cover, it is “A meticulously researched, highly readable […]

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

| February 12, 2016

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

. On this day in history in the reign of Queen Mary I, 12th February 1554, Lady Jane Grey and her husband, Lord Guildford Dudley, were executed for treason: Guildford on Tower Hill and Jane at the Tower of London. Jane and Guildford had been found guilty of treason, along with Guildford’s brothers Ambrose and […]

21 November 1559 – Death of Frances Grey (Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk

| November 21, 2015

21 November 1559 – Death of Frances Grey (Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk

On 21st November 1559, Frances Grey (née Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk, eldest daughter of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, and his third wife Mary Tudor, Queen of France, and mother of the ill-fated queen Lady Jane Grey, died at Richmond. She was laid to rest in St Edmund’s Chapel, Westminster Abbey. You can read more […]

13 November 1553 – Lady Jane Grey’s Trial at Guildhall

| November 13, 2015

13 November 1553 – Lady Jane Grey’s Trial at Guildhall

On this day in history, 13th November 1553, in the reign of Queen Mary I, Lady Jane Grey, her husband Guildford Dudley, his brothers Ambrose and Henry, and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer were tried for treason at a public trial at London’s Guildhall. They were all found guilty as charged, with the men being sentenced to […]