Letter to Katherine Grey


Lady Jane wrote a farewell letter to her sister, Katherine. The letter was written in her Greek Testament, which she bequeathed to her sister.


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

Child-Life and Girlhood of Remarkable Women by W H D Adams

Notices of the Historic Persons Buried in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London: with an account of the discovery of the supposed remains of Queen Anne Boleyn by Doyne C Bell

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

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

Acts and Monuments VI by J Fox

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

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

Literary Remains of Lady Jane Grey: With A Memoir of Her Life by Nicholas H Nicolas. (This book contains 2 slightly different versions of Jane’s letter to Katherine.)

Lives of the Tudor Princesses by Agnes Strickland

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

State Trials, 1 Mary, 1553 and others for High Treason


Extracts can be found in the following:

Lady Jane Grey by Hester W Chapman

Two Tudor Portraits: Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey and Lady Katherine Grey by Hester W Chapman

Raven Queen by Pauline Francis

Jane Grey Reine De 9 Jours (1537-1554) by Marguerite Fronville

Arbella: England’s Lost Queen by Sarah Gristwood

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

The Lost Kings: Lancaster, York & Tudor by Amy Licence

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

Bess of Hardwick: First Lady of Chatsworth by Mary S Lovell. (1 line only).

The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor by Elizabeth Norton

Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queen by Alison Plowden

Lady Jane Grey and the House of Suffolk by Alison Plowden

The House of Tudor by Alison Plowden

She Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor (1 line only)

Bradgate Park: Childhood Home of Lady Jane Grey by Joan Stevenson and Anthony Squires (1 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

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

Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir

Teen Queen: Looking for Lady Jane by Cynthia Zarin (The New Yorker) (1 line only).