Farewell Statement


Lady Jane Grey wrote a farewell statement consisting of 3 lines (the first in Latin, the second in Greek and the third in English).

They translate as:

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

(p.273-4, Ives)


This statement can be found in the following:

Life of Lady Jane Grey and of Guildford Dudley her husband by Edward Baldwin

The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered by Charlotte Bolland and Tarnya Cooper

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

Tales from the Tower of London by Daniel Diehl and Mark P Donnelly

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

Lady Jane Grey and Her Times by George Howard

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery by Eric Ives

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

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

The Accession Coronation and Marriage of Mary Tudor as related in four manuscripts of the Escorial translated by C V Malfatti

Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queen by Alison Plowden

Lives of the Tudor Princesses by Agnes Strickland

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

Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir