Streatham portrait update from Montacute House

(c) NPG 6804; Lady Jane Dudley (nee Grey) by Unknown artist

(c) NPG 6804; Lady Jane Dudley (nee Grey) by Unknown artist

A huge thank you to Montacute House for providing the details of the Streatham portrait of Lady Jane. The portrait has been on display in Room 2 since late spring.

You can read about the update here:

A look at how the Streatham portrait has been displayed over the years…

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Events by Place – 29 August 1553 – The Tower of London

The author of ‘The Chronicle of Queen Jane’ dines with Lady Jane.

Site of Nathaniel Partridge's House

Site of Nathaniel Partridge’s House

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Books 2015 – Books by Laura Andersen to buy now and look forward to…

On sale now – The Virgin’s Daughter: A Tudor Legacy Novel by Laura Andersen

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(c) Ballantine Books

‘Since the death of her brother, William, Elizabeth I has ruled England. She’s made the necessary alliances, married Philip of Spain, and produced a successor: her only daughter, Anne Isabella, Princess of Wales. Elizabeth knows that her beloved Anabel will be a political pawn across Europe unless she can convince Philip to grant her a divorce, freeing him to remarry and give Spain its own heir. But the enemies of England have even greater plans for the princess, a plot that will put Anabel’s very life and the security of the nation in peril. Only those closest to Elizabeth—her longtime confidante Minuette, her advisor and friend Dominic, and the couple’s grown children—can be trusted to carry forth a most delicate and dangerous mission. Yet, all of the queen’s maneuverings may ultimately prove her undoing.’


Further details – Laura Andersen

Further details –

10 November – The Virgin’s Spy: A Tudor Legacy Novel by Laura Andersen

(c) Ballantine Books

(c) Ballantine Books

‘Queen Elizabeth I remains sovereign of England and Ireland. For the moment, at least. An Irish rebellion is growing and Catholic Spain, led by the Queen’s former husband, King Philip, plans to seize advantage of the turmoil. Stephen Courtenay, eldest son of Dominic and Minuette, Elizabeth’s most trusted confidantes, has accepted a command in Ireland to quell the unrest. But the task will prove dangerous in more ways than one.

The Princess of Wales, Elizabeth’s daughter, Anabel, looks to play a greater role in her nation, ever mindful that there is only one Queen of England. But how is Anabel to one day rule a country when she cannot even govern her own heart?’


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News of a new Jane biography

Historian Nicola Tallis has announced on Twitter, that she is currently writing a biography about Lady Jane Grey.

The US rights to ‘Crown of Blood’ were sold to Pegasus in June.

According to the Andrew Lownie Literacy Agency website:

‘Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same’. These were the heartbreaking words of a seventeen-year-old girl, Lady Jane Grey, as she stood on the scaffold awaiting death on a cold February morning in 1554. Minutes later her head was struck from her body with a single stroke of a heavy axe, and her soul winged its way to the Protestant heaven in which she had so vehemently believed. Her death for high treason sent shockwaves through the Tudor world, and served as a gruesome reminder to all who aspired to a crown that the axe could fall at any time.

Jane is known to history as ‘the Nine Days Queen’, and while her story has been told, historians often ignore the human and emotional aspects of it. Furthermore the recent trend of trying to highlight her achievements and her religious faith has in fact further obscured the real Jane, a young religious radical who saw herself as an advocate of Protestantism, and ultimately became a martyr for her faith. Crown of Blood is an important and significant retelling of an often misread tale: set at the time of Jane’s fall and following her journey through to her trial and execution, each chapter moves between the past and the ‘present’ in order to unravel the grim tapestry of Lady Jane Grey’s life, and chart the deadly intrigues that led inexorably to its horrific and searing climax.’

© Andrew Lownie Literacy Agency.

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21st August 1553

‘Note, on mondaye the xxjst of August, it was appointed the duke with other shoulde have suffered, and all the garde were at the Tower; but howe soever it chaunced he did not; but he desired to here masse, and to receave the sacrament, according to the olde accustomed maner. So about ix of the clocke the alter in the chappell was arrayed, and eche thing prepared for the purpose; then mr Gage went and fetched the duke; and sir John Abridges and mr. John Abridges dyd fetche the marques of Northampton, sir Androwe Dudley, sir Herry Gates and sir Thomas Plamer, to masse…The lady Jane loking through the windowe sawe the duke and the rest going to the churche.’

The Chronicle of Queen Jane and of Two Years of Queen Mary, and Especially of the Rebellion of Sir Thomas Wyat

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