Speech from Scaffold


There are several versions of the speech that Lady Jane made from the scaffold on 12th February 1554.


A full version of one of the versions available 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 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 Lady Jane Grey’s Prayer Book by Stephan Edwards

Acts and Monuments VI by J Foxe

Lady Jane and her Times by George Howard

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

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

The Chronicle of Queen Jane and Two Years of Queen Mary and Especially of the Rebellion of Sir Thomas Wyatt edited by John Gough Nichols

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

They Saw It Happen 1485-1688 by C R N Routh

Lives of the Tudor Princesses by Agnes Strickland

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

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

Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII’s Unwanted Wife by Sarah-Beth Watkins

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


Extracts can be found in the following:


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

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

Tudors and Stuarts on Film: Historical Perspectives edited by Susan Doran and Thomas S Freeman

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

The Turbulent Crown: The Story of the Tudor Queens by Roland Hui

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery by Eric Ives

Tower: An Epic History of the Tower of London by Nigel Jones (1 line only)

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

The Tudor Queens of England by David Loades

England’s Queens: The Biography by Elizabeth Norton

Lady Jane Grey and the House of Suffolk by Alison Plowden

Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queen by Alison Plowden

The House of Tudor by Alison Plowden

Tudor Women by Alison Plowden

Princely Education in Early Modern Britain by Aysha Pollnitz

Mary Tudor: The First Queen by Linda Porter

The Tower of London in the History of the Nation by A L Rowse

Lady Jane: From the screenplay by David Edgar by A C H Smith

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

The Tudor Brandons: Mary and Charles – Henry VIII’s Nearest & Dearest by Sarah-Beth Watkins

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

Traitors of the Tower by Alison Weir (simplified version consisting of 2 lines)

Mary Tudor: England’s First Queen by Anna Whitelock