My Lady Jane Grey Birthday Cards


For my birthday last week, I received these two wonderful Lady Jane Grey cards.


Lady Jane Birthday Cards

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Books that feature Lady Jane in 2014


2013 was a bumper year for books that featured Lady Jane Grey. There was ‘Tudor: The Family Story’ by Leanda de Lisle, ‘Queen’s Gambit’ by Elizabeth Fremantle, ‘The Children of Henry VIII’ by John Guy and ‘Venus in Winter’ by Gillian Bagwell.

For 2014, I have only come across one new book that will feature Jane. ‘Sisters of Treason’ by Elizabeth Fremantle (the second in her Tudor trilogy) will be published in May.

The paperback version of Elizabeth’s ‘Queen’s Gambit’ has just been published and we also have the paperbacks of De Lisle’s ‘Tudor: The Family Story’ and Guy’s ‘The Children of Henry VIII’ to look forward to.

Have I missed any new books due in 2014 that will feature Jane?

(c) Penguin

(c) Penguin


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Books 2014 – On sale now – Queen’s Gambit (paperback) by Elizabeth Fremantle


13 March – Queen’s Gambit (Paperback) by Elizabeth Fremantle


(c) Penguin

(c) Penguin


‘The court of henry VIII is rife with intrigue, rivalries and romance – and none are better placed to understand this than the women at its heart.

Katherine Parr, Widowed for the second time aged thirty-one, is obliged to return to court, but, suspicious of the aging king and those who surround him, she does so with reluctance. Nevertheless, when she finds herself caught up in a passionate affair with the dashing and seductive Thomas Seymour, she believes she might finally be able to marry for love. But her presence at court has attracted the attentions of another.

Captivated by her honesty and intelligence, Henry Tudor has his own plans for Katherine and no one is in the position to refuse a proposal from the king. So with her charismatic lover dispatched to the continent, Katherine must accept the hand of the ailing egotistical monarch and become Henry’s sixth wife – and yet she has still not quite given up on love.’

From Elizabeth Fremantle

Further details – Amazon.co.uk

Elizabeth Fremantle


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On sale today – God’s Traitors by Jessie Childs


6 March – God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England by Jessie Childs


(c) Bodley Head

(c) Bodley Head


‘The Catholics of Elizabethan England did not witness a golden age. Their Mass was banned, their priests were outlawed, their faith was criminalised. In an age of assassination and Armada, those Catholics who clung to their faith were increasingly seen as the enemy within. In this superb history, award-winning author Jessie Childs explores the Catholic predicament in Elizabethan England through the eyes of one remarkable family: the Vauxes of Harrowden Hall.

God’s Traitors is a tale of dawn raids and daring escapes, stately homes and torture chambers, ciphers, secrets and lies. From clandestine chapels and side-street inns to exile communities and the corridors of power, it exposes the tensions and insecurities masked by the cult of Gloriana. Above all, it is a timely story of courage and frailty, repression and reaction and the terrible consequences when religion and politics collide.

From Random House.co.uk


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Jessie Childs


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Books 2014 – On sale today – The Third Plantagenet by John Ashdown-Hill


3 March – The Third Plantagenet: George, Duke of Clarence, Richard III’s Brother by John Ashdown-Hill

‘Less well-known than his brothers, Edward IV and Richard III, little has been written about George, Duke of Clarence and we are faced with a series of questions. Where was he born? What was he really like? Was it his unpredictable behavior that set him against his brother Edward IV? George played a central role in the Wars of the Roses played out by his brothers. But was he for York or Lancaster? Who was really responsible for his execution? Is the story of his drowning in a barrel of wine really true? And was ‘false, fleeting, perjur’d Clarence’ in some ways the role model behind the sixteenth-century defamation of Richard III? Finally, where was he buried and what became of his body? Can the DNA used recently to test the remains of his younger brother, Richard III, also reveal the truth about the supposed ‘Clarence bones’ in Tewkesbury? John Ashdown Hill exposes the myths surrounding this pivotal and central Plantagenet, with remarkable results.’

From Amazon.co.uk

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Interview with actress playing Lady Jane in a Japanese play


The Japan News has an interview with Maki Horikita who is playing Lady Jane in the Japanese play ’9 days Queen—Kokonoka-kan no Joo.’


Actress Horikita takes on role of queen


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Books 2014 – On sale now- Inside the Tudor Court by Lauren Mackay


11 February – Inside the Tudor Court: Henry VIII and His Six Wives Through the Writings of the Spanish Ambassador Eustace Chapuys… by Lauren Mackay

‘The reports and despatches of Eustace Chapuys, Spanish Ambassador to Henry VIII’s court from 1529 to 1545, have been instrumental in shaping our modern interpretations of Henry VIII and his wives. Through his personal relationships with several of Henry’s queens, and Henry himself, his writings were filled with colourful anecdotes, salacious gossip, and personal and insightful observations of the key players at court, thus offering the single most continuous portrait of the central decades of Henry’s reign. Beginning with Chapuys’ arrival in England, in the middle of Henry VIII’s divorce from Katherine of Aragon, this book progresses through the episodic reigns of each of Henry’s queens. Chapuys tirelessly defended Katherine and later her daughter, Mary Tudor, the future Mary I. He remained as ambassador through the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn, and reported on each and every one of Henry’s subsequent wives – Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Katherine Parr – as well as that most notorious of ministers Thomas Cromwell. He retired in 1545, close to the end of Henry VIII’s reign. In approaching the period through Chapuys’ letters, Lauren Mackay provides a fresh perspective on Henry, his court and the Tudor period in general.’

From Amazon.co.uk


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Lauren Mackay – Historian

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Events by Place

This gallery contains 14 photos.

Last year I started a series of posts called ‘Events by Place.’ It looked at places linked to Lady Jane that I have visited. Here are all the places so far. I still have to visit Sudeley Castle!

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Events by Place – Tower of London – 19 August 1553


An Event by Place that I missed last summer. On 29th August 1553 the author of ‘The Chronicle of Queen Jane’ dined with Lady Jane.

Find out more here:

Events by Place – Tower of London 29 August 1553

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Remembering Lady Jane – Tower of London – 12 February 2014


Last Wednesday I visited the Tower of London to commemorate the 460th Anniversary of the execution of Lady Jane and Lord Guildford Dudley.

ticket

On arrival at the Tower we joined the Yeoman Warder tour. The tour differed slightly in content from the last few I have been on and it was nice to hear some different information.

At the beginning of the tour, our guide mentioned the execution of Guildford Dudley and pointed out the area on Tower Hill where the scaffold had stood.

Our Yeoman Warder

Our Yeoman Warder

We were also shown the location of the house on Tower Green where Jane was imprisoned. Lady Jane was held in the house of Nathaniel Partridge (the Gentleman Gaoler) which was between the Lieutenant’s Lodging (now the Queen’s House) and the Beauchamp Tower (where the Dudley brothers were held). The current house is a later building.

It was not mentioned on any of my previous tours, so it was nice to finally be sure where it was.

Site of Nathaniel Partridge's House

Site of Nathaniel Partridge’s House

Due to the very cold wind, we didn’t spend long at the memorial on Tower Green but were ushered into the Chapel of St Peter Ad Vincula earlier than normal on the tour.

Tower Green memorial

Tower Green memorial

Not that I complained about this! It meant that we spent longer in the Chapel, while the Yeoman Warder told us about the executions of Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard. He also indicated whereabouts under the altar they were both buried along with the possible locations of Jane and Guildford.

Chapel St Peter Ad Vincula

Chapel St Peter Ad Vincula

I had a seat in the second pew, so had a clear view of the plaque commemorating Lady Jane and Guildford Dudley.

At the end of the tour, I asked the Yeoman Warder if I could leave my flowers for Lady Jane (and that I had done the same for the 450th anniversary). He very kindly said yes, so I left them with him.

Plaque commemorating Jane, Guildford, Henry, Duke of Suffolk and others in St Peter ad Vincula. (c) Lara Eakins

Plaque commemorating Jane, Guildford, Henry, Duke of Suffolk and others in St Peter ad Vincula.
Photograph by (c) Lara Eakins

After the tour, we visited the Beauchamp Tower. On the ground floor there is an exhibition which features Jane.

Beauchamp Tower

Beauchamp Tower

Climbing the steps to the first floor we entered the room where the Dudley brothers and many others were imprisoned over the years.

View from the Beauchamp Tower

View from the Beauchamp Tower

There are three carvings that could be related to Lady Jane. There are two separate carvings of the word ‘Jane’ and an elaborate carving of the Dudley coat of arms.

'Jane' carving in the Beauchamp Tower

‘Jane’ carving in the Beauchamp Tower

'Jane' carving in the Beauchamp Tower

‘Jane’ carving in the Beauchamp Tower

Dudley coat of arms carving

Dudley coat of arms carving

Eric Ives writes, ‘Now, with the hours ticking away, she turned for refuge to the one reality which had given her identity and never let her down. The result was a series of epigrams, the first in Latin, the next in Greek and the last in English.

‘If Justice is done with my body, my soul will find mercy in God
Death will give pain to my body for its sine, but the soul will be justified before God.
If my faults deserve punishment, my youth at lease, and my imprudence were worthy of excuse; God and posterity will show me favour.’

(p. 275, Ives)



Sources

Thanks to Lara Eakins at Tudor History for letting me use her photo of the plaque commemorating Jane and Guildford.

Ives, E. (2009) Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery, Wiley-Blackwell.



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