Lady Jane Grey was born October 1537 in Bradgate, England. When Edward died on July 6, 1553 she was proclaimed queen. She was the titular queen of England for nine days in 1553. She reluctantly allowed herself at age 15 to be put on the throne by unscrupulous politicians; her subsequent execution Edward VI's sister, Mary Tudor, on Feb. 12, 1554 aroused universal sympathy.

Lady Jane Grey was born October 1537 in Bradgate, England. When Edward died on July 6, 1553 she was proclaimed queen. She was the titular queen of England for nine days in 1553. She reluctantly allowed herself at age 15 to be put on the throne by unscrupulous politicians; her subsequent execution Edward VI's sister, Mary Tudor, on Feb. 12, 1554 aroused universal sympathy.

"Jane" carved into the wall of a room in the Beauchamp Tower in the Tower of London. It is believed (no absolute proof available) that it was carved by Guildford Dudley, husband of Lady Jane Grey. They were both executed (along with a number of other people) for trying to put Jane on the throne. I find this quite poignant -- in prison, awaiting execution, this young man chose to commemorate his wife, not himself. Evidence of true love?

"Jane" carved into the wall of a room in the Beauchamp Tower in the Tower of London. It is believed (no absolute proof available) that it was carved by Guildford Dudley, husband of Lady Jane Grey. They were both executed (along with a number of other people) for trying to put Jane on the throne. I find this quite poignant -- in prison, awaiting execution, this young man chose to commemorate his wife, not himself. Evidence of true love?

Jane Grey and Guildford Dudley Marry Setting Up the Events of Their Downfalls

Jane Grey and Guildford Dudley Marry Setting Up the Events of Their Downfalls

The Streatham Portrait, discovered at the end of the century and believed to be a copy of a contemporary portrait of Lady Jane Grey. Feb 1554 Lady Jane Grey, the Queen of England for thirteen days, is beheaded on Tower Hill. She was barely 17 years old.

Earliest known engraving of Jane Grey and was done by Wyngarde. It is said to have been done from a picture by Holbein, which has since been lost.

Earliest known engraving of Jane Grey and was done by Wyngarde. It is said to have been done from a picture by Holbein, which has since been lost.

Miniature of Lady Jane Grey (1536/1537 – 12 February 1554).  Her married name was Jane Dudley, and she's also known as The Nine Days' Queen. An English noblewoman and de facto monarch of England from 10 July until 19 July 1553. She was subsequently executed. The great-granddaughter of Henry VII through his younger daughter Mary, Jane was a first cousin once removed of Edward VI.

Miniature of Lady Jane Grey (1536/1537 – 12 February 1554). Her married name was Jane Dudley, and she's also known as The Nine Days' Queen. An English noblewoman and de facto monarch of England from 10 July until 19 July 1553. She was subsequently executed. The great-granddaughter of Henry VII through his younger daughter Mary, Jane was a first cousin once removed of Edward VI.

Possible miniature of Lady Jane Grey, the ill-fated Nine Day Queen. Dr. Starkey suggests the brooch represents the Dudleys, the family of her husband. No definitive contemporary image is known.

Secret portrait of the 'nine-day' Queen found

Possible miniature of Lady Jane Grey, the ill-fated Nine Day Queen. Dr. Starkey suggests the brooch represents the Dudleys, the family of her husband. No definitive contemporary image is known.

Guilford Dudley (Cary Elwes) & Lady Jane Grey (Helena Bonham Carter) in Lady Jane, 1986 Costume designers Sue Blane and David Perry

Guilford Dudley (Cary Elwes) & Lady Jane Grey (Helena Bonham Carter) in Lady Jane, 1986 Costume designers Sue Blane and David Perry

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