Sex in tudor

The tragic Lady Jane Grey was the daughter of Henry Grey, Marquis Dorset and Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk. After the death of her first husband, the King of France, Mary fell in love with and married Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, a country gentleman ennobled by Henry VIII. The marriage produced a son Henry Sex in tudor and two daughters, Frances and Eleanor Brandon.

The Grey family had an ancient and impressive lineage, originally being granted lands by Richard the Lionheart. Jane’s was a harsh upbringing, although she received an excellent education, having studied Latin, Greek and Hebrew as well as modern languages. Her mother had given birth to a son who died prior to Jane’s birth. Jane was followed by two sisters, Catherine and Mary, who completed the family. Mary, unfortunately, was hump-backed and a dwarf while Catherine was considered the beauty of the family. I will tell you a truth which perchance ye will marvel at.

One of the greatest benefits that God ever gave me is that he sent me so sharp and severe parents and so gentle a schoolmaster. Thomas Seymour, the Lord Admiral, suggested that Jane join the household of his wife, Henry VIII’s last Queen, Catherine Parr, in the chance that he might be able to negotiate her marriage to his nephew, Edward VI. Although Jane grew to be close to Queen Catherine, who encouraged her love of learning, much to her parent’s chagrin, Seymour failed to bring about the planned ambitious match. John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland and Protector during the minority of the young King, envisaged a scheme whereby Jane was to marry his son, Guildford Dudley, the marriage took place on 25 May 1553, at the Dudley’s London residence, Durham House. He then persuaded the mortally ill Edward to disinherit his sisters, Mary and Elizabeth, declaring both to be bastards.

Queen Jane A few days after the death of Edward VI, Northumberland ensured that Lady Jane Grey was accordingly acknowledged as Queen. On being informed that she was now Queen of England, Jane was deeply troubled:-“Which words being spoken to me thus unexpectedly, put me in great perturbation and greatly disturbed my mind-as yet soon after they oppressed me much more. Jane proved to be stubborn in the matter of having her husband named King, although she claimed to be happy to make him Duke of Clarence. The immature Guildford sulked and complained vociferously to his mother but Jane, as obstinate as any Tudor, could not be persuaded to change her mind. On hearing the news of the death of her half-brother, Edward VI, the Lady Mary, Henry VIII’s elder daughter, left her residence at Hunsdon and set out to East Anglia, where she began to rally her supporters. Rebellion broke out her as Mary was considered by many Englishmen to be the true heiress to the throne.

It was decided by the council that Queen Jane’s father, the Duke of Suffolk, should command her forces against the rebels. The fleet mutinied and declared for Mary. News of this disaster reached Northumberland at Cambridge. Meanwhile, in London, Queen Jane’s council deserted her in panic and in the cause of self-preservation called for the arrest of Northumberland in the name of Queen Mary. Suffolk himself informed his daughter that she was no longer Queen, which he did by tearing down the canopy of estate from over her head.

Jane’s overall reaction seems to have been one of relief: Northumberland was taken into custody in the name of the new Queen Mary. Lady Jane and her husband Guildford Dudley were commited to the Tower of London. Queen Mary was inclined to be merciful to the two young people, whom she correctly saw as merely tools of Northumberland’s ambition. However, the rebellion raised by Thomas Wyatt and joined by Jane’s father, Suffolk, sealed their fate. The rebellion started as a popular revolt, precipitated by the imminent marriage of Mary to Phillip II of Spain and called for the restoration of Jane as Queen.

Urged on by the Spanish Ambassador, Mary signed the warrants for their execution. Guildford, now eighteen, was lead out to Tower Hill on the morning of the 12th February, 1554. Jane had sight of his decapitated body, returning from the scaffold as it was wheeled past her window in the Beauchamp Tower. Jane, then sixteen, was to be beheaded on Tower Green, where Anne Boleyn had also met her end. She was led to the scaffold, dressed in black and pale but composed between Sir John Bridges, the Lord Lieutenant of the Tower and the Queen’s Catholic Confessor, Dr Feckenham, whom she had befriended and who had asked to accompany her on this, her last journey. Jane greeted Feckenham with the words “God grant you all your desires and accept my own hearty thanks for all your attention to me. Although indeed, those attentions have tried me more than death can now terrify me.

After asking God to reward the Catholic Feckenham for the kindness he had showed toward her, Jane sighted the block, at which she seems to have froze. I pray you, dispatch me quickly” she asked the headsman. She tied a handkerchief about her eyes and put out her hands, feeling for the block, but was unable to find it. All stood silent, “What shall I do?

Feckenham had to attend court for permission from the new queen for the burial. The French ambassador reported that Jane’s mangled body lay exposed on the blood stained straw for nearly four hours after. Although her attendants kept watch, though they were not allowed to cover the corpse. Jane’s body was buried at the chapel of St Peter ad Vincula, within the tower, where she lies alongside two previous queens of England who ended their lives on the block, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard.