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Lady Jane Grey was put on the English throne by her scheming father-in-law, Special editions · Newsletter · The Library · Subscribe · Quiz · Q&A . among her subjects who were preparing to take a stand against the marriage. 25 May Lady Jane Grey is married to Guildford Dudley, the fourth son. He was the son of John Dudley, Earl of Warwick, Duke of Northumberland, and Speaking of his childhood relations with Elizabeth later in life, he said that "he Jane Grey, Robert was imprisoned with his brothers in the Tower of London. John Dudley went to the block, and Guildford was executed along with Lady Jane . Name: Lady Jane Grey Father: Henry Grey Mother: Frances Brandon Born: October 15, at Bradgate, Leicestershire Married: Lord Guildford Dudley, on May.
That it was more than mere decorum became clear on 19 July, the last day of her reign, when she stood godmother to the six-day-old son of one of the Tower guards: Jane wished that the baby be christened Guildford.
It seems unlikely that they would have been allowed visits to each other, but during the final months of their captivity they could have met while taking the air in the Tower gardens, and in any case there would have been some eyecontact.
To-day three sons of the Duke of Northumberland, Jane of Suffolk and the Bishop of Canterbury were taken to the hall at Cheapside, and were there condemned to death.
Lady Jane Grey and Lord Guilford Dudley Executions
When execution is to take place is uncertain, for though the Queen is truly irritated against the Duke of Suffolk, it is believed that Jane will not die. His efforts at raising an army having failed miserably, Henry Grey arrived in the Tower as a prisoner on 10 Februarytwo days before Jane and Guildford were scheduled to die.
Both wrote short messages to the duke in a prayerbook, in the hope that it would ultimately reach him: Came the day of her death, and that of the husband, he, that was the first that should die, desiring to give her the last kisses, and the last embrace, asked her, that she might be contented, that he might go to see her. And she responded to him, that, if the sight of them might have given comfort to their souls, more gladly she would be contented to see him; but that, she finding that their sight would increase the misery in both, and bring much more suffering, it was best for now to forego that act, later then in a brief time they would see [each other] in another part, and live perpetually joined in an indissoluble bond.
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Nichols, Calendar of State Papers, Spain. Volume 11 — Royall Tyler, http: Robert was an intelligent boy, certainly a match for Elizabeth intellectually, but he had little interest in the Classics. His passion, even as a youngster, was mathematics, astronomy, and astrology. He was also an incredibly gifted horseman, and nurtured this gift all his life.
Speaking of his childhood relations with Elizabeth later in life, he said that "he knew her better than anyone else from when she was eight years old. Traditionally, their marriage has been seen as a love match, but a clause in the marriage treaty suggests that it may have been for less romantic reasons.
Robert was the fifth son, and therefore any marriage that could be secured for him would be advantageous. It was easier to marry off daughters than it was younger sons, as they were often not heirs to their father's lands and titles.
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Amy herself was an heiress, so the marriage was even more desirable in that respect. The wedding was celebrated with great style, and was attended by Elizabeth, and the Boy King himself. He was kept in the Beauchamp Tower, which was only a walkway from the Bell Tower, where Elizabeth was herself a prisoner after the rebellion of Thomas Wyatt. Legend has it that they saw a lot of each other during at this time, and their friendship turned to love, but this is unlikely, given that both were strictly guarded.