Thursday, July 19, 2012

This Date in History: The Nine Days' Queen is Deposed

 (1536/1537 – 12 February 1554)
On this date in 1553, Lady Jane Grey, the great-granddaughter of King Henry VII, is deposed in favor of her cousin Mary after only nine days as the monarch of England.
In May 1553, she married  Lord Guildford Dudley, the son of John Dudley, the duke of Northumberland.  In the beginning of 1554, Jane's father, Henry Grey, joined Sir Thomas Wyatt’s revolt against Mary that broke out after her announcement of her intention to marry Philip II of Spain. While suppressing this insurrection, Mary decided it was also necessary to eliminate her political opponents, and on February 7 she signed the death warrants of Jane and her husband, Guildford.  On the morning of February 12, at the age of 16, Jane was executed in the Tower Green within the Tower of London.


Queen Bee said...

What a nightmare for this young girl to go through! Your post reminds of the movie "Lady Jane" with Helena Bonham Carter. It was made in 1986 and it's still a great film.

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Peter said...

Please see the July 19 post of for a dramatic painting of this event.

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Thank you so much for your thoughtful nomination!

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