Grey, Jane, Lady, 1537-1554

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Lady Jane Grey was an English noblewoman and de facto Queen of England and Ireland from 10 July until 19 July 1553. She was the great-granddaughter of Henry VII through his younger daughter Mary, and was a first cousin once removed of Edward VI. In May 1553, she married Lord Guildford Dudley. In June 1553, Edward VI wrote his will, nominating Jane and her male heirs as successors to the Crown because Jane was a committed Protestant and would support the reformed Church of England.

After Edward's death, Jane was proclaimed queen on 10 July 1553 and awaited coronation in the Tower of London. The Privy Council of England suddenly changed sides and proclaimed Mary as queen on 19 July 1553, deposing Jane. Jane was held prisoner in the Tower and was convicted in November 1553 of high treason. Both Jane and her husband were executed on 12 February 1554.

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referencedIn Addition to the Prints Collection None., 1718-1945 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn 46362. MISCELLANEOUS LETTERS AND PAPERS.Paper and (artt. M, S) vellum; ff. 154. Large folio. XIV-XX centt., 14th century-20th century British Library
referencedIn Thorpe, Michelle Anne. Lady Jane Grey, John Dudley and the succession crisis of 1553 / Michelle Anne Thorpe. University of Houston, Clear Lake, Alfred R. Neumann Library
referencedIn Thomson, Thomas, fl. 1854-1876. Letter: 1865 Jan. 25, to David Laing. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Prayer book ('Lady Jane Grey's Prayer book), 1539-1554 British Library
referencedIn Johnsoniana; or, Supplement to Boswell: being anecdotes and sayings of Dr. Johnson, extra-illustrated, 1668-1866 (inclusive);, 1738-1836 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Thomas Percy papers, 1759-1785. Houghton Library
referencedIn TRANSCRIPTUM Magnæ Chartae, de anno nono Henrici III., de libertatibus Angliæ;-Treatise concerning the legal authority of our kings of England in granting of pardons, and concerning the pardoning of such as bad been impeached and adjudged in Parliame... British Library
referencedIn Machyn, Henry. Machyn's diary : a transcript from the MS. in the Cottonian Liby., Vitellius F. v., [ca. 1838]. University of Michigan
referencedIn Literature of Tuscany: Regole et institutioni della lingua Thoscana, da M. A. Florio: 16th cent.Michelagnolo Florio: Regole et institutioni della lingua Thoscana; dedicated to Lady J. Grey: 16th cent.: Autogr.Bindings ITALIAN: : 16th cent.includes:f.... British Library
creatorOf Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603. Miscellany, compiled ca. 1600-ca. 1652. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Stewart, Jane. A scrap book or crutch for a crippled memory, 1836. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Commencement addresses, [ca. 1857-1879]. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Boswell's Life of Johnson : including Boswell's Journal of a tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a journey into North Wales, edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1464-1897 (inclusive), 1724-1874 (bulk). Houghton Library
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Leicestershire ENG GB
London ENG GB
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 00 GB


Birth 1537-10

Death 1554-02-12






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