Feckenham


To try and save Jane’s soul after her father’s involvement in Wyatt’s failed uprising led to Mary signing Jane’s death warrant, Queen Mary sent Dr Feckenham to Jane to try and convert her to Catholicism. Jane and her husband were originally due to die on February 9 but their executions were postponed to the 12th, to give Dr Feckenham time to try and achieve this. The religious debate that ensued between Lady Jane and Dr Feckenham was recorded and published in Foxe’s ‘Acts and Monuments’. Dr Feckenham failed to change Jane’s beliefs and asked to accompany her to the scaffold, to which she agreed.

A full transcript of the debate can be found in the following:


Lady Jane Grey: Nine Day Queen of England Faith Cook

Acts and Monuments Volume VI by J Foxe

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

Literary Remains of Lady Jane Grey by Nicholas H Nicolas

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

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


Extracts from their debate 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

Lady Jane Grey by Hester W Chapman

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

Tower of London by Christopher Hibbert

Lady Jane Grey and Her Times by George Howard

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

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

Lady Jane Grey and the House of Suffolk by Alison Plowden

Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queen by Alison Plowden

Princely Education in Early Modern Britain by Aysha Pollnitz

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