Lady Jane Author:A.C.H. Smith The story of Lady Jane Grey is one of the most poignant in all of English history. It is the tragedy of a young girl forrced to assume the throne of England against her will. It is also the story of a love so great it transcends the ages. — It was clear in early 1553 that Edward VI, the fifteen-year-old Protestant King of England, the son of He... more »nry VIII, was dying. To prevent the Catholic succession of Edward's sister Mary Tudor, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, persuaded the King to leave the crown to his cousin Lady Jane Grey.
As part of this scheme, Lady Jane was also made to marry Guilford Dudley, Northumberland's son. At seventeen hee was an undisciplined and spoiled wastrel; she was fifteen, scholarly and serious. Yet the mutual dislike of athe ill-matched coule quickly grew into passionate love, a love that survived the ruthless polictical machinations of the Tudor court and did not falter, even in the face of death.« less