Letter to a Friend


The recipient of this letter written by Lady Jane Grey is not known for certain. The majority of the authors listed below state that it was to a Dr Harding, former Chaplain at Bradgate Park, who returned to the catholic faith on the succession of Mary Tudor to the throne. Nicolas and Howard state that this letter cannot have been to Dr Harding as it was written much earlier, before Dr Harding’s conversion.


A full copy of this letter can be found in the following:

Literary Remains of Lady Jane Grey: With a Memoir of Her Life by Nicholas H Nicolas

Documents of Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queen of England 1553 by James D Taylor Jr


Extracts can be found in the following:

Henry VIII’s Last Love: The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Willoughby, Lady-in-Waiting to the Tudors by David Baldwin (2 lines only)

New Worlds, Lost Worlds: The Rule of the Tudors 1485-1603 by Susan Brigden

Lady Jane Grey by Hester W Chapman

Lady Jane Grey: Nine Day Queen of England by Faith Cook

The Nine Days’ Queen: Lady Jane Grey and Her Times by Richard Davey

The Story of Lady Jane Grey (Essay in Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey) by John Guy

Silent But For The Word: Tudor Women as Patrons, Translators, and Writers of Religious Works edited by Margaret Patterson Hannay

Lady Jane Grey and Her Times by George Howard

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery by Eric Ives

Tower: An Epic History of the Tower of London by Nigel Jones (couple of quotes)

The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey by Leanda de Lisle

Tudor: The Family Story by Leanda de Lisle

The Nine Days Queen: A Portrait of Lady Jane Grey by Mary Luke

Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queen by Alison Plowden

An Illustrated Introduction to the Tudors by Gareth Russell (one line only)

Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey by Nicola Tallis

The House of Grey: Friends & Foes of Kings by Melita Thomas (one line only)

Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of England by Maureen Waller

Children of England: The Heirs of King Henry VIII by Alison Weir