‘Uncrowned: Royal Heirs Who Didn’t Take The Throne’ by Ashley Mantle added to the website….


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‘Uncrowned: Royal Heirs Who Didn’t Take The Throne’ by Ashley Mantle added to the General Works section of the bibliography.

Entries added to the following:

Primary Accounts – Spinola, Ascham, Chapel, Dress, Captivity and Trial.

Writings of Lady Jane Grey – Letters – Farewell Letters – Letter to Katherine Grey and Letters to Father and Speech from Scaffold.



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Books 2024 – Another book about Jane to look forward to….


30 August – The Tragic Life of Lady Jane Grey by Beverley Adams


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‘Lady Jane Grey, the nine-day queen is considered to be one of the most tragic characters in English history. In July 1553 when King Edward VI died at the age of just 15 years old, the Tudor dynasty fell into chaos. The king had no legitimate male heirs and was determined his half-sisters Mary and Elizabeth would not inherit his throne, despite his father Henry VIII stating in his will that they should. We are led to believe that on Edward’s instructions his cousin Lady Jane Grey was to be proclaimed queen. But who was she? Was she the innocent young girl that our history books tell us she was, or a religious fanatic with the aim of keeping Mary off the throne and England Protestant? Or was she nothing but a pawn to men in the game of power and politics, abused by her parents to marry against her will all for a crown she did not want? This book looks into her life from her early years in relative seclusion at the family home at Bradgate through to her tragic end on the scaffold at the Tower of London, executed on the orders of her cousin Queen Mary. What was her place within the Tudor royal family, was she ever entitled to claim the throne of England, and do we even recognise her as a true queen today.’

From – Amazon.co.uk

Further details – Amazon.co.uk



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Books 2024 – on sale today – Tudor Feminists: 10 Renaissance Women Ahead of their Time by Rebecca Wilson


30 January – Tudor Feminists: 10 Renaissance Women Ahead of their Time by Rebecca Wilson

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‘The term ‘feminist’ would have been anachronistic in the Tudor period, but surely we would not hesitate to call the lady, who would be queen, Anne Boleyn, a feminist? All ten women, from Catherine Par to Margaret Beaufort, lived their lives in a way that challenged the patriarchal world they lived in. Each chapter is dedicated to one remarkable woman, ahead of her time. It explores her achievements and examines the impacts she had on a male-dominated world, while placing her in the context of her particular circumstance and background. These Renaissance women, from the high born to the merchant class, were rule breakers, they railed against the rigid social norms of their time and stand out vividly against a backdrop of domestic servitude.’

From Amazon.co.uk

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Two upcoming talks by Dr Stephan Edwards about Lady Jane Grey


On 4th April 2024, Dr Stephan Edwards will give 2 talks about Lady Jane Grey at the Society of Antiquaries of London. You can attend the talks in person or listen online.


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Searching for a Portrait of Jane Grey Dudley, England’s ‘Nine-Days Queen’ of 1553
13:00-14:00
Burlington House and Online

‘Jane Grey Dudley, known to history as ‘the nine-days queen’ of 1553, is unique among English monarchs of the past 550 years in that no authentic portrait of her is known to have survived. We do nonetheless know that such a likeness was painted and was documented in 1560 in the collection of Jane’s friend Bess of Hardwick at Hardwick Hall, where it remained until at least the end of the eighteenth century. That portrait is now presumed lost, however. Seeking to fill the visual gap, dozens of other images from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have been put forward at various times as likenesses of Jane. This extensively illustrated lecture examines some of the better-known ersatz images and uncovers the likely or actual identity of many of the sitters depicted.’

From Society of Antiquaries of London

For further details and to buy tickets – Society of Antiquaries.



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Queen Jane’s Proclamation of Accession of 1553 and Gendering of the English Monarchy
17:00-18:00
Burlington House and Online

‘This lecture will analyze the text of the Proclamation of Accession of Queen Jane (Grey Dudley) through the lens of gender and relative to specific gender role expectations prevalent in England during the Tudor period. The document is effectively unique among English and British proclamations of accession in that it presents an argument for altering the line of succession in contravention of feudal custom related to the royal succession and of the Third Act for the Succession of 1543/4. The lecture will argue that the proclamation is a heavily gendered document that attempts, albeit cryptically, to persuade the populace of a necessity to preserve the English monarchy as gendered exclusively male.’

From Society of Antiquaries of London

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‘England’s Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey’ -Tonight BBC 4 9pm


The first part of ‘England’s Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey’ is repeated tonight on BBC4 at 9pm.


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Detailed synopsis of Episode 1



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