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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Monarch Of The Week

This week’s Monarch is:

Lady Jane Grey

lady jane

The Streatham Portrait




12 February 1554 Tower of London


Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk


Lady Francis Brandon


Lord Guildford Dudley


Queen of England and Ireland


10 July 1553-19 July 1553 9 Days


Edward VI


Mary 1




Draft of Succession:


“My devise for the Succession” by Edward VI. This draft will was the basis for the letters patent which declared Lady Jane Grey successor to the Crown. In the fourth line, Edward changes “L Janes heires masles” to “L Jane and her heires masles”. By creating this ‘devise for the succession’ in 1553, which is written in his own hand, he bypassed the claims to the throne of his half-sisters Mary and Elizabeth in favour of Lady Jane Dudley (nee Grey).

Letter that Jane wrote proclaiming herself Queen:



Interesting & Random Facts:

*Jane was the granddaughter of Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon, as well as the great-granddaughter of Henry VII. Making her the niece of Henry VIII.

*She was a committed Protestant.

*She preferred books to hunting parties, and regarded her strict upbringing as harsh.

*February 1547 Jane was sent to live in the household of Thomas Seymour and remained there until after the death of Catherine Parr in September 1548.

*After a period of mourning, Thomas Seymour showed interest in marrying Jane and readmitted her into his household. Although nothing came of this as Thomas was arrested at the end of 1548.

*May 21, 1553 Jane married Lord Guilford Dudley, a younger son of John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, in a triple wedding, in which her sister Catherine and Guilford’s sister Catherine married the Earl of Pembroke, Lord Herbert and Henry Hastings respectively.

*Once she was named Queen, she refused to name her husband king, instead she made him Duke of Clarence.

*Her reign was short lived and she soon found herself a guest of the Tower.


If you would like to know more about Lady Jane Grey: The Nine Day Queen, you may do so at the Lady Jane Society HERE.

I have one copy of Three Maids for a Crown to giveaway.

Contest is worldwide.

To enter please leave your name.

Contest ends: January 31


Linda said...

I have always been fascinated by Lady Jane, and would love to read this novel. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sharon said...

This was a very interesting post. Thanks for a chance to win this book.
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Gisele Alv said...

Thank you for the post! I love reading so much about the Tudor family! I think Lady Jane was queen only for 9 days, right? That was terrible!


Heather R said...

Jane Grey is such an interesting historical character. There is so much duplicity and scheming surrounding her rise to the throne. I have read Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir and really liked her interpretation. The images you provided are great.

Please enter me for the giveaway.

traveler said...

Many thanks for this fascinating post about an interesting character. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

A captivating and unique individual whose history would be enjoyed with this book. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

miki said...

Very interesting thanks you for the international giveaway

all the best


Margaret said...

I have always been a little fascinated by Jane's story. Thanks for the giveaway! Great post by the way!


buddyt said...

Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

I know the name Jane Grey but not much else about her but it sounds like an interesting historical novel, so please enter me.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Mystica said...

Hers was such a sad story. Would love to be counted in for this giveaway.


Fairday Morrow said...

What a fascinating post! I learned so much. I always get so involved in books that involve this time period and the Tudors. Looking at the handwiting is so ineresting!

I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance to win!
haightjess at gmail dot com


Carol L. said...

I'd love to read this book and I loved your post on Lady Jane Grey. Thank you for sharing.
Carol L
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Shannon said...

I would love to learn more about Lady Jane Grey. Thank you for including me.

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Loretta said...

Very interesting post. I find the Tudor era very fascinating.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Vickie said...

This sounds like an awesome read!!! I would love to be entered:
Vickie lovesreading at gmail dot com

Maureen said...

Thanks for the interesting post and the chance to win.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

phastings said...

I would love to learn more about Lady Jane Grey. Lovely post.


Book Purring said...

I loved Three Maids for a Crown, I'd like to have my own copy :P

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Marie said...

Ah.. poor doomed Lady Jane! I'd love to read this novel..please enter me!
marieburton2004 at yahoo dot com

ayaki-chan said...

first of all, thank you for all teh information about lady jane, it will be bery helpful for my studies(tudor/stuart ) at university and for the link too
and I'd like to partipate to the worlwide giveaway


Colleen Turner said...

I have had this book on my wishlist for a while and would love to win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway!
Colleen Turner