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"Am almost too dejected to write. How can I ever become the paragon of a daughter my parents desire? I dread each moment I spend in their presence. Nothing I do or say ever seems to please them. It is all, Jane, stand up straight, do not slouch, pray do not screw up your eyes when I talk to you."
—Lady Jane Grey[6]

Lady Jane Grey (October 1537 – 12 February 1554), later Jane Dudley, was the eldest daughter of Frances and Henry Grey. She was the great-niece of King Henry VIII, and therefore a cousin of his children Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. In 1553, Jane was briefly queen after Edward passed away. She and her husband Guildford Dudley were found guilty of treason and executed.


Early life[]

Lady Jane Grey was born in May[2] or October 1537[3] to Frances Brandon and Sir Henry Grey. She was named after the queen at the time, Jane Seymour. Jane Grey had royal lineage through her grandmother, Mary Tudor, whom was the younger sister of King Henry VIII. Jane grew up at her family's home, Bradgate Park in Leicestershire.

1547 – 1554[]

Following the death of the King, Jane's favorite cousin Edward VI ascended the English throne in early 1547. Jane, meanwhile, was sent to the household of Edward's uncle Thomas Seymour, whom became her guardian. Thomas plotted with Jane's parents to somehow betroth her to his nephew. Jane enjoyed living with Thomas and his elderly mother. In May, Thomas revealed to her that he had married King Henry's widow, Catherine Parr, whom Jane was already exceedingly fond of. Jane stayed with the couple at Chelsea Place, where her cousin Elizabeth was also staying. Elizabeth was sent away just before the household departed to Sudeley Castle, where Catherine gave birth and passed away in September 1548. Jane served as the chief mourner at Catherine's funeral.

The following month, Thomas had Jane sent back home but recalled within a few weeks. In January 1549, Thomas was arrested for allegedly attempting to kidnap the King. Jane was sent to her parents' home, Dorset Place in London, where the family stayed until after Thomas's execution. Later that year, Edward Seymour, the Lord Protector, was ousted from Edward's favor likely by John Dudley, whom Jane mistrusted. Jane's father was appointed Warden of the Northern Marches, but had resigned by September 1551. The following month, Jane waited on the Scottish Regent, Mary of Guise, when she visited court. In early 1552, Edward Seymour was imprisoned once again and later executed.

In May 1553, Jane was forced to marry to John Dudley's son, Guildford, by her parents. She avoided living with him at first. The following July, Edward passed away after naming Jane as his heir to circumvent the throne going to his Catholic sister Mary. Though disinclined to be queen, Jane agreed to it after speaking to John Dudley and the council. Her reign only lasted nine days. Mary had gained support and Jane's council turned against her. Jane and Guildford were imprisoned at the Tower of London and later found guilty of treason. Mary was inclined to pardon the couple, but sentenced them to death after Jane's father joined Wyatt's Rebellion. Jane made peace with Guildford before they were both executed on 12 February 1554.

Physical appearance[]

Her appearance was described as similar to Elizabeth's as they both had "the same red hair and arched eyebrows."[7] Jane had a small stature, which often led to people to think she was younger than her actual age. She also had noticeable freckles all over her face, which she was self conscious about.

Personality and traits[]

Jane's favorite thing in the world was reading books, saying "Books are my safe place, my refuge from the ills of this world." Even at the age of ten, she chose reading over playing with toys which the adults around her found odd. She was adept at studying and learning, and became a bit of a rival to Elizabeth when they lived in the same household. Jane was proficient in Latin and Greek. She was a passionate Protestant, which she believed was the "true religion." Protestantism was also one of the main subjects that she studied. In dark times, Jane found comfort in her religion and always carried around a prayer book.

Her parents were often harsh with Jane, despite her best efforts to please them. Their treatment of her likely resulted in her subdued nature. Nevertheless, Jane was capable of being extremely headstrong at times, such as when she objected to marrying Guildford. Later on, Jane began to feel pity for Guilford when she realized that they were both being similarly used and controlled by their parents.

Family tree[]

See also: Category:House of Tudor
The Tudor-Grey Family Tree[8]
Henry VII
Elizabeth of York
Stuart family
Margaret Tudor
Henry VIII
(3) Mary Tudor
Charles Brandon
(4) Catherine Brandon
Mary I
Elizabeth I
Edward VI
Frances Brandon
(d. 1559)
Sir Henry Grey
(d. 1554)
Guildford Dudley
(d. 1554)
Lady Jane Grey
Lady Katherine Grey
Lady Mary Grey
♛ - King or Queen of England
  • Henry VIII married six times.
  • Mary Tudor was first married to Louis XII of France.
  • Charles Brandon had four wives with whom he had eight children.

Behind the scenes[]


In chronological order:


See also[]

My Story characters
Main characters

Nebka | Hatshepsut "Asha" | Claudia | Bran | Tor Scaldbane | Jenkin Lloyd | Eva De Puebla
Elinor Valjean | Lady Jane Grey | Matilda "Tilly" Middleton | Catherine "Kitty" Lumsden | Thomas Hobbs
Remember "Mem" Whipple | Thomas Adamson | Alice Paynton | Susannah Makepeace | Ignatius Sancho
Euphemia Grant | Mary Wade | Elizabeth "Lizzie" Harvey | Isabelle | James Grant | Mary Prince | Bob Jenkins
Dick Maybury | Eliza Helsted | Phyllis McCormack | Lily Hicks | Michael Pope | Hanuman Singh | Clotee Henley
Will Reed | Edith Lorrimer | Jabulani | Sophia Duleep Singh | Florence Finch | Flora Bonnington | Dollie Baxter
Margaret Anne Brady | Jack Fairfax | Daphne "Daffy" Rowntree | Billy Stevens | Noor Inayat Khan
Eleanor Rhys Davies | Rebecca "Becky" Mortkowicz | Harry Woods | Princess Margaret | Sophie Ridel
Peter Rogers | Kitty Langley | Edith "Edie" Benson | Tim Jackson | Andrew "Andy" Pope | Paul Lelaud
Violet Debuchy

Supporting characters

Henry VII | Henry VIII | Catherine of Aragon | Anne Boleyn | Jane Seymour | Anne of Cleves
Catherine Howard | Catherine Parr | Edward VI | Mary I | Elizabeth II

Lists of characters by book

Pyramid of Secrets | Princess of Egypt | Pompeii | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | Agincourt | My Tudor Queen
Anne Boleyn and Me | Lady Jane Grey | Bloody Tower | The Queen's Spies | Armada | Mayflower | Civil War
The Great Plague | Highway Girl | Ignatius Sancho | The '45 Rising | No Way Back | Transported
The Fall of the Blade | Trafalgar | Mary Prince | Waterloo | Dodger! | Mill Girl | The Hunger | The Crystal Palace
Crimea | Indian Mutiny | Slave Girl | The Sweep's Boy | Victorian Workhouse | Zulu War | Princess Sophia Duleep Singh
Factory Girl | Twentieth-Century Girl | Suffragette | Titanic | The Trenches | Flying Ace | Road to War
Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan | Berlin Olympics | Nowhere to Run | The Storm to Come | Battle of Britain
Wartime Princess | Sophie's Secret War | U-Boat Hunter | War Nurse | Blitz | Desert Danger | D-Day
Spy Smuggler | Codename Céline | London Stories

My Royal Story characters

Cleopatra VII | Beatrice Townhill | Elizabeth I | Mary, Queen of Scots | Marie Antoinette | Victoria | Anastasia

Lists of My Royal Story characters by book

Cleopatra | Henry VIII's Wives | Elizabeth | Mary, Queen of Scots | Marie Antoinette | Victoria | Anastasia

My True Story characters

Dora Thewlis | John "Jack" Cornwell | Joe Read | Susan | Vera

Lists of My True Story characters by book

Give Us the Vote! | Standing Alone | Hero at Dunkirk | What If They Find Us?

Further reading[]