As we all know it's not every now or then that we get to see female rulers; although we have seen quite a good number of them; but the story of queens lasting for nothing but nine 9 days is one story that always sends cold chills down your spine.
According to historical records; there was a young girl who ruled the powerful of Kingdom of England for 9 days before loosing her head and that short-reigned queen was none other than Lady Jane Grey (born c 1537 - 12 February 1554), Popularly known as Lady Jane Dudley after her marriage.
She was English (a noblewoman) and the defacto Queen of Ireland and England from 10 July until 19 July 1553.
The Tragic Begining And End of The Queen:
Through his younger daughter Mary, Jane was Henry VII's great-granddaughter, and was once removed from Edward VI as a first cousin. As one of the most learned young women of her day, she had an excellent humanist education and a reputation.
Lord Guildford Dudley, the younger son of Edward's chief minister, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, married her in May 1553. Edward VI wrote his will in June 1553, naming Jane and her male heirs as Crown successors, partially because his half-sister Mary was Roman Catholic, while Jane was a devoted Protestant and supported the Reformed Church of England, the cornerstone of which Edward claimed to have laid.
Edward VI wrote his will in June 1553, naming Jane and her male heirs as Crown successors, partially because his half-sister Mary was Roman Catholic, while Jane was a devoted Protestant and would support the Reformed Church of England, the cornerstone of which Edward claimed to have laid.
Because of their illegitimacy, the will excluded his half-sisters, Mary and Elizabeth, from the line of succession, subverting their claims under the Third Succession Act.
Jane was crowned queen on 10 July 1553 after Edward's death and awaited a coronation in the Tower of London. Support for Mary grew quite fast, and she was abandoned by most of Jane's supporters. Suddenly, on 19 July 1553, the Privy Council of England changed sides and declared Mary as queen and deposed Jane.
Her biggest backer, the Duke of Northumberland, her father-in-law, was charged with treason and executed less than a month later.
Jane was held prisoner in the Tower and convicted of high treason in November 1553, which brought a death penalty, although Mary initially saved her life.
However, when her father, Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk, became involved with Wyatt's rebellion against Queen Mary's intention to marry Philip II of Spain, Jane soon became perceived as a threat to the Crown. On 12 February 1554, both Jane and her husband were both dismembered from the head.
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