July 15 – Men swap sides from Queen Jane to Mary

| July 15, 2022

July 15 – Men swap sides from Queen Jane to Mary

This day in Tudor history, 15th July 1553, was a key point in the events of summer 1553. Royal ships that were supposed to be guarding the coast off East Anglia to stop Mary, half-sister of the late King Edward VI, fleeing England, or any of her supporters invading England, swapped sides. Instead of acting […]

July 10 – Lady Jane Grey is proclaimed Queen Jane!

| July 10, 2022

July 10 – Lady Jane Grey is proclaimed Queen Jane!

On this day in Tudor history, 10th July 1553, four days after the death of King Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey was officially proclaimed “Queen Jane” at the Tower of London, in Cheapside and Fleet Street. One boy didn’t think much of the proclamation and was outspoken about his views. This led to a rather […]

May 25 – A Tudor triple wedding

| May 25, 2022

May 25 – A Tudor triple wedding

On this day in Tudor history, 25th May 1553, a triple wedding took place at Durham House, the Dudley family’s London residence. Lord Guildford Dudley, son of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, married Lady Jane Grey, and Guildford’s sister, Catherine, and Jane’s sister, Katherine, also got married. Find out more…

April 13 – Thomas More is in trouble, a priest harbouring countess, and a lenient gaoler

| April 13, 2022

April 13 – Thomas More is in trouble, a priest harbouring countess, and a lenient gaoler

On this day in Tudor history, 13th April 1534, Sir Thomas More got into a spot of bother, or rather a lot of bother, when he refused to swear his allegiance to the Act of Succession. This act of defiance, or rather of his conscience, would, of course, lead to More’s execution in 1535. You […]

18 Interesting Facts about Lady Jane Grey (Queen Jane)

| July 5, 2021

18 Interesting Facts about Lady Jane Grey (Queen Jane)

In this latest edition of my “Facts about…” series, I share 18 interesting facts about Lady Jane Grey, or Queen Jane, who is also known as “The Nine Day Queen”. Find out more about the fourth Tudor monarch… Book recommendations: The Sisters Who Would Be Queen – Leanda de Lisle Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor […]

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

| May 25, 2018

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

On this day in history, 25th May 1553, Lady Jane Grey, daughter of Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, and his wife, Frances Brandon, married Lord Guildford Dudley, at Durham Place, the London residence of Guildford’s father, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. It wasn’t the only wedding to take place that day at Durham Place. Jane’s […]

13 November 1553 – A former queen condemned to death

| November 13, 2017

13 November 1553 – A former queen condemned to death

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

60 second history – Lady Jane Grey, Queen Jane

| March 24, 2017

60 second history – Lady Jane Grey, Queen Jane

Lady Jane Grey, or Queen Jane, regularly gets missed off lists of monarchs of England, but I haven’t missed her out in my 60-second history video series! As I’ve explained before, the idea of this series is to give information about Tudor history in easy-to-digest 60-second chunks. Die-hard Tudor history fans don’t, of course, need […]