Lady Jane Grey Picture Gallery

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Lady Jane Grey Portrait

Lady Jane Grey Portrait
Lady Jane Grey Picture Gallery Lady Jane Grey portrait, based on a drawing by Mauzin and lithograph by de Villain. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Queen of England 1553

Lady Jane Grey, a great-granddaughter of Henry VII, was put on the throne by her father-in-law, who was Lord Protector under King Edward VI.

Lady Jane Grey was the daughter of Lady Frances Brandon, daughter of the Princess Mary, sister of Henry VII, and Frances' second husband, Charles Brandon.

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Formal Portrait of Lady Jane Grey

Formal Portrait of Lady Jane Grey
Lady Jane Grey Picture Gallery Formal Portrait of Lady Jane Grey. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Lady Jane Grey was a great-granddaughter of Henry VII of England, and was in the line of succession after the children of Henry VIII, by the will of Henry VIII.

Print, from Robert Cooper, based on a painting. While this portrait has traditionally been associated with Lady Jane Grey, that identification is not confirmed.

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Lady Jane Grey Portrait

Portrait of Lady Jane Grey
Lady Jane Grey Picture Gallery Portrait of Lady Jane Grey, from an engraving by W. Holl. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Lady Jane Grey was well-educated, as would have been normal for a woman who was so high in the line of succession for the British throne.

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Queen Jane Portrait

Queen Jane Portrait
Lady Jane Grey Picture Gallery Portrait of Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for nine days in 1553. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

This image of Lady Jane Grey holding a book includes recognition of key dates in her short life, including her marriage to Guildford Dudley.

The illustration, from a print made by Robert White (1645 - 1703), was used in the 1681 History of the Reformation by Gilbert Burnet.

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Lady Jane Grey

Lady Jane Grey
Lady Jane Grey Picture Gallery Lady Jane Grey's life depicted in this book illustration, undated. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

This portrait of Lady Jane Grey being convinced to take the crown of England is surrounded by images hinting at her tragic end.

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Jane Grey, Queen of England

Jane Grey, Queen of England
Lady Jane Grey Picture Gallery "Iohanna Graia Anglia Regina Coronata" - Jane Grey, Queen of England. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

"Iohanna Graia Anglia Regina Coronata" is the inscription on this portrait, pointing out her status as Queen of England. But she was not technically crowned as queen.

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John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland

John Dudley
John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland (1501 - 1553). Getty Images / Hulton Archive

Also known as Warwick, he was the Lord Protector when Edward VI was a minor, and he arranged for the marriage of Lady Jane Grey to his son, Guildford Dudley, just before the death of Edward VI.

When Edward died, Warwick was instrumental in getting the nobles to agree, briefly, to accept Jane as Queen, but Mary I of England managed to rouse enough support to defeat Warwick's plans.

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Wedding of Lady Jane Grey

Wedding of Lady Jane Grey
Marriage of Lady Jane Grey to Lord Guildford Dudley Artist's conception of the wedding of Lady Jane Grey to Lord Guildford Dudley, son of John Dudley, Earl of Warwick, Duke of Northumberland, and Lord Protector (advisor to Edward VI), in 1553. Based on original engraving by Devaria. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

John Dudley, Earl of Warwick, arranged for his son, Guildford, to marry Lady Jane Grey. Warwick was also Lord Protector, advisor to the young King Edward VI, and persuaded him to name Lady Jane Grey as his heir to the throne.

This image is based on an engraving which is itself based on a painting by Devaria titled "The Marriage of Lady Jane Grey."

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Lady Jane Grey's Reluctance

Lady Jane Grey's Reluctance
Persuasion by the Nobles Lady Jane Grey is persuaded, despite her reluctance, to accept the crown, after the death of Edward VI. Hulton Archives / Getty Images

In a classic depiction of Lady Jane Grey, she is shown as reluctant to accept the crown from the nobles who are trying to persuade her to do so.

Her husband is shown standing beside her, and her husband's father, Warwick, is likely one of the nobles depicted kneeling and imploring her to take the crown instead of letting it pass to the Catholic Mary, daughter of Henry VIII.

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Clerical Conference

Bishop Gardiner of Winchester with Lady Jane Grey
Bishop Gardiner of Winchester and Lady Jane Grey Bishop Gardiner of Winchester confers with Queen of England Lady Jane Grey at Beauchamp Tower. From a painting by George Cruikshank. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Artist George Cruikshank has imagined a conference of clerics with Lady Jane Grey at Beauchamp Tower, after her imprisonment by Queen Mary I of England. Among them is Bishop Gardiner of Winchester.

Bishop Stephen Gardiner of Winchester was famous earlier when he, as assistant to Cranmer, pronounced the marriage of Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon null and void in May of 1533. As an opponent of those around Edward VI, which would have included Warwick, the Lord Protector who married his son to Lady Jane Grey and then arranged for Jane to become Queen, he was imprisoned for more than 5 years. He was released and restored to his bishop's seat as one of the first acts of Queen Mary I.

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Queen Jane's Flight From the Tower

Queen Jane's Flight From the Tower
Depiction of Lady Jane Grey Queen Jane's Flight From the Tower. Getty Images / Hulton Archives

After Queen Mary I of England seized the throne after Lady Jane Grey's nine day reign in 1553, she imprisoned Jane and her husband, Lord Guildford Dudley, in the Tower of London.

This image, based on an original by George Cruikshank, depicts Jane and her husband escaping from the Tower in 1554.

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Lady Jane Grey Offered a Pardon

Lady Jane Grey Offered a Pardon
John Feckenham, Priest Lady Jane Grey offered a pardon by John Feckenham as she goes from the Tower to her trial. The executioner is shown with beefeaters. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

A favorite of Queen Mary I of England, John Feckenham is here depicted offering a pardon to Lady Jane Grey as she passes from the Tower to the Hill where she will be executed.

The executioner is shown here, accompanied by beefeaters.

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Lady Jane Grey's Death

Lady Jane Grey, Fox's Book of Martyrs, 1761
The Beheading of Lady Jane Grey Engraving from Fox's Book of Martyrs, depicting the beheading of Lady Jane Grey, 1554. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

In this depiction from Fox's Book of Martyrs, a 1761 depiction of Protestant martyrs in which she figures prominently, Lady Jane Grey is shown just before her execution.

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Public Execution of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland

Public Execution of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, Father-in-Law of Lady Jane Grey
Earl of Warwick, Father-in-Law of Lady Jane Grey Cruikshank drawing of the execution on February 12, 1554, of Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, father-in-law of Lady Jane Grey and engineer of her coronation as Queen of England. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

For his part in promoting the rule of Lady Jane Grey over Queen Mary I of England, the Earl of Warwick, who had married Jane to his son, Lord Guildford Dudley, was executed with Jane and Guildford in 1554 on Tower Hill.

The Tower of London is shown in the background. The engraving is by Cruikshank.

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Double Beheading

Execution of Lady Jane Grey and Lord Guildford Dudley, from a print by J. Johnson July 1, 1774.
Lady Jane Grey and Lord Guildford Dudley Execution of Lady Jane Grey and Lord Guildford Dudley, from a print by J. Johnson July 1, 1774. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Lady Jane Grey, who had briefly been supported as Queen of England, and Lord Guildford Dudley, her husband, were executed in 1554 to remove them as a focus of Protestant resistance to the rule of Queen Mary I of England.

This image was originally published as "The Act Direst" in 1774 by J. Johnson.

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Death of Lady Jane Grey

Death of Lady Jane Grey
February 12, 1554 Artist's conception (Cruikshank) of the execution of Lady Jane Grey on Tower Hill, London, February 12, 1554. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Lady Jane Grey, having proven to be a focus for resistance to the reign of the new queen Mary I of England, was executed on Tower Hill, London. Her husband, Lord Guildford Dudley, was also beheaded.

This image of the execution is based on an engraving by Cruikshank, originally published in Harrison Ainsworth's Towers of London.