Queen Jane

The life & times of Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for nine days in 1553

Lady Jane Grey; artist unknown

Lady Jane Grey entered the Tower of London as Queen of England on 10 July 1553. This impressive fortress, that was to be her palace, became her prison. Seven months later she would be beheaded within its walls, her body hastily placed beneath the floor of the Chapel Royal, without ceremony. She was in her seventeenth year.

How did this pious, intelligent, and worthy young woman come to wear the crown she did not desire and had never sought? What forced her cousin, Mary I , to sign Jane's death warrant? What qualities did Jane possess to stand up to England's most powerful man, John Dudley Duke of Northumberland?

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