Lady Jane Grey, is one of the most elusive and tragic characters in English history. In July 1553 the death of the childless Edward VI threw the Tudor dynasty into crisis. On Edward's instructions his cousin Jane Grey was proclaimed queen, only to be ousted 13 days later by his illegitimate half sister Mary and later beheaded. In this radical reassessment, Eric Ives rejects traditional portraits of Jane both as hapless victim of political intrigue or Protestant martyr. Instead he presents her as an accomplished young woman with a fierce personal integrity. The result is a compelling dissection by a master historian and storyteller of one of history's most shocking injustices.
Eric Ives is Emeritus Professor of English History at the University of Birmingham and author of The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn (Blackwell, 2004). He has written widely on Tudor history, the history of law, and on the development of modern higher education. In 2001 he was awarded the OBE for services to history and the University of Birmingham.
List of Illustrations. List of Figures. Preface. Titles and Offices. Figures. Map. Prologue. Part I The Scene. 1 The Year of Three Sovereigns. 2 In Search of Jane Grey. 3 Jane Grey in Context. Part II The Protagonists. Jane Grey. 4 A Damnable Inheritance. 5 Jane the Person. 6 Family Priorities. 7 A Godly Upbringing. Mary Tudor. 8 Father and Daughter. 9 Sister and Brother. John Dudley. 10 John Dudley: The Career. 11 John Dudley: The Black Legend. 12 John Dudley: Motives. Edward. 13 The Young King. 14 'My Deuise for the Succession'. 15 King and Minister. 16 The Will of a King. Part III Thirteen Days. 17 Preparations. 18 Jane the Queen. 19 The Council in London. 20 The March on Framlingham. 21 A Second Front. 22 The Rebellion of Mary Tudor. Part IV Consequences. 23 Every Man for Himself. 24 The Tower. 25 Nemesis. 26 The River of Jordan. 27 Afterlife. 28 Envoi. Notes. Bibliographical Abbreviations. Index.