Grey, Jane (Lady)

 Born  circa 1537   Born At  
 Exec.  12 Feb 1554   Buried At  
 Father  Grey, Henry (Duke of Suffolk)   Mother  Frances (Lady)
Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen Regent of England in 1553 from July 10th to July 19th but was never crowned. This situation was similar to Matilda's in 1141 during the reign of King Stephen. Lady Jane was descended from Mary, a sister of Henry VIII and when Edward VI died in 1553 she was used as a pawn in a plot to take control of the English throne. The plot was led by John Dudley, the Duke of Northumberland whose son, Guilford, had just married Lady Jane. Before Edward's death the Duke had persuaded the King to amend his will. The change meant that Edward's sisters Mary and Elizabeth were no longer heirs to the throne and Lady Jane's sons should be made heirs instead. When it was clear that Edward's illness meant he would probably die before Jane had any children the will was amended again so state that Jane herself should become Queen. Edward died on July 6th 1553 but it was a few days before this was announced. On July 10th Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen Regent. The true heir the throne, Mary Tudor, had gone to Norfolk where she could raise support. That support was huge and when Northumberland attempted to prevent Mary returning to London his army was greatly outnumbered by Mary's. The Duke, his supporters and Lady Jane were all arrested and taken to the Tower of London. The Duke was executed and after a series of revolts in 1554, one led by Jane's father, at the age of sixteen Jane herself was executed.

Family Tree Details
Father: Grey, Henry (Duke of Suffolk) ( - ex.1554)
Mother: Frances (Lady)
Grey, Jane (Lady) (b.1537 - ex.1554)

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Father: Grey, Henry (Duke of Suffolk) ( - ex.1554)
Mother: Frances (Lady)


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Early Modern Period (1500-1800)
1553 Jun  16yrsChange to Edward VI's will
 Edward signed a change to his earlier will or 'devise' and nominated Lady Jane Grey as heir to the English throne. The change was orchestrated by the Duke of Northumberland and Sir John Gates. Lady Jane Grey had married the Duke's son Guilford Dudley a few months earlier and the will initially stated that Janes's male heirs would be next in line. This was altered when is was seen the Edward would die before she had children so that Jane herself could become Queen.

Episode: Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Day Queen  
 Jul  Mary gathers support
 At Kenninghall Manor in Norfolk Mary called for support against the Duke of Northumberland and Lady Jane Grey. Large numbers of supporters gathered around her with supplies and weapons.

Episode: Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Day Queen  
 Jul 10  Lady Jane Grey proclaimed Queen
 The Duke of Northumberland proclaimed that his daughter-in-law Lady Jane Grey was the next monarch of England. Jane was moved to the Tower of London. Although Northumberland controlled London many of the town's people supported Mary's claim to the throne.

Episode: Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Day Queen  
 Oct 1  Mary Tudor crowned
 The coronation of Mary Tudor took place at Westminster Abbey. Mary became the first true Queen of England. In the past, Matilda and Lady Jane Grey had come close but neither had ever been crowned.

Episode: Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Day Queen  

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