Tragic Lady Jane Grey is remembered in British history as the monarch with the shortest reign… just nine days. She was actually fifth in line to the throne, but was his personal choice as she was a Protestant. Lady Jane Grey, engraving by Willem de Passe, Edward wanted to keep England firmly Protestant and he knew that Mary would take England back into the Catholic faith. Edward died on 6th July and Lady Jane ascended to the throne with her husband Lord Guildford Dudley at her side — she was just sweet sixteen.
Jane Grey never wanted to be queen, and in the end, she died for it
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Jane was born in the autumn of , the daughter of the Marquess of Dorset. Jane developed into an intelligent and pious woman. In October , her father was created duke of Suffolk and Jane began to appear at court. There, real power lay in the hands of the fiercely Protestant Duke of Northumberland, who acted as regent to the young king, Edward VI. It became clear that Edward was dying, and Northumberland was desperate to prevent the throne passing to Edward's half-sister and heir, the Catholic Mary Tudor.
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Lady Jane Grey c. She had an excellent humanist education and a reputation as one of the most learned young women of her day. In June , Edward VI wrote his will, nominating Jane and her male heirs as successors to the Crown, in part because his half-sister Mary was Roman Catholic, while Jane was a committed Protestant and would support the reformed Church of England , whose foundation Edward claimed to have laid. The will removed his half-sisters, Mary and Elizabeth , from the line of succession on account of their illegitimacy, subverting their claims under the Third Succession Act.
After only nine days as the monarch of England, Lady Jane Grey is deposed in favor of her cousin Mary. The year-old Lady Jane, beautiful and intelligent, had only reluctantly agreed to be put on the throne. The decision would result in her execution. Lady Jane and Edward were the same age, and they had almost been married in The same day, Jane was imprisoned in the Tower of London.