Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England

Jane, the daughter of Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk and Frances Brandon, was born at Bradgate Manor, Leicestershire, in October 1537.
She married Guildford, Lord Dudley, son of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, at Durham House, London, May 21 1553.

Lady Jane Grey

Fearing a Catholic reaction that would arise if Edward VI's sister, Mary, succeeded to the English throne, and wishing to see his own family replace the Tudors, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, induced King Edward to nominate Lady Jane Grey as heir to the throne.

A marriage was arranged between Lady Jane Grey and Dudley's son, Guildford. Though Lady Jane was reluctant to accept the Crown, she was publicly proclaimed Queen in 1553 on the death of Edward VI.

The Catholic nobility were outraged by Dudley's scheme as they wished to see Mary succeed. During the following nine days, Northumberland was captured and condemned to death. Lady Jane Grey was convicted of high treason and confined to the Tower. Mary was proclaimed Queen, and all the conspirators were executed, the new monarch showed little mercy.

Guildford, Lord Dudley, was executed to same day and his wife.

Execution of Lady Jane Grey.