NEW!!!
  An Important Update on the Streatham Portrait
     Added 22 May 2014 as an Addendum. (click on image at left)
 
 
 
 
Lady Jane Grey
(1536/7 – 1554)
England’s ‘Nine-Days Queen’ of 1553
 
 
 
 
     This site deals primarily with Lady Jane Grey, who reigned as uncrowned Queen of England for just nine days in July 1553 before being overthrown by Mary Tudor. Jane Grey was the subject of my doctoral dissertation when I took my Ph.D. in British History. It is a subject to which I have devoted my career as a professional historian.

    This site also contains a small but growing amount of material born of my own ‘grey matter’ and relating to other topics, including past studies in history and current side projects.
 
 

The Imagined Armorial Achievement of Queen Jane
(courtesy of Peter de Lisle at European Heraldry)
 
 
  A GUIDE TO THE SITE AND ITS CONTENTS :  
 
 
 
The ‘About’ page offers a brief overview of Lady Jane Grey ... who she was and her place in history and historical mythology. Especially useful for those who may be less familiar with Lady Jane and her story.
 
         
         
 
 
One of my principal goals in creating this website was to make available to students of history some of the primary source materials related to Jane Grey that are not otherwise easily accessed.

But first, the ‘Resources’ page will guide you to an explanation of what it means to be an ‘Historian’. Not all writers calling themselves an Historian are alike. This page will help you differentiate between the good and the not-so-good.
The section also includes a page on the differences between ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ sources, an important and often confusing distinction.

‘Resources’ also links to two extensive bibliographies on the subject of Lady Jane Grey, one of primary sources and the other of secondary sources. The secondary source bibliography is partially annotated with my reviews and assessments of many of the modern works on the subject of Jane Grey.

An additional page will then guide you to some of the primary sources that I have been able to make available through this site ... sources to which the average student will not usually have access. I have provided transcriptions and, where necessary translations, of those sources for your easy use. The list will grow over time.

You will also find here a ‘Links’ page containing numerous weblinks to other sites related to the subject of Jane Grey, to Tudor and British History, and to other resources for research and enjoyment.
 
         
         
 
 
The career of a professional historian is gauged by what he/she has published. The adage is ‘Publish Or Perish’. Though my own publishing record is still scant, it is growing. You can read my several published articles and book chapters here.
 
         
         
 
 
This has become the largest single section of the site, the result of many years of intensive research in an attempt to find a documented but lost authentic portrait of Lady Jane Grey. Have I found it yet? Look and see!
 
         
         
 
 
Studying history is all about asking questions. This page allows me to answer your questions in a way that allows others interested in the subject to see both the question and its answer. Any topic in history is accepted! No question is ever ‘dumb’! If you do not ask, how will you know? So ask!

Email your questions to Historian@somegreymatter.com
 
         
         
 
 
Other Thoughtful Things ... some of my research and writing that either does not easily fit elsewhere on the site or is unrelated to Lady Jane Grey. For example, my book chapter on the poet who invented the acrostic puzzle!
 
         
         
         
  WHAT’S NEW? :  
 
 
  An Important Update on the Streatham Portrait      Added 22 May 2014 as an Addendum.  
         
         
  The Chawton House/Hever Castle Portrait      Now on permanent exhibition at Hever Castle as a portrait of Elizabeth I in 1558, but previously identified as Lady Jane Grey.  
         
         
 
  The Wrest Park Portrait     Revised December 2013 to reproduce my article identifying the sitter, forthcoming in The British Art Journal.  
         
         
 
  The Spinola Letter     The only known detailed physical description of Jane Grey, but is it authentic?  
         
         
 
  Two ‘New’ Italian Letters From London Dated July 1553     Printed and published in 1577, but never before translated into English or cited by any historian studying Jane Grey.  
         
         
 
  Queen Jane’s Lace?     A small fragment of lace supposedly made by Jane Grey while she was a prisoner in the Tower.  
         
         
 
  Lady Jane Grey’s Bracelet?     Was this bracelet given by Lady Jane Grey to Mary, Queen of Scots, as the story associated with the bracelet says?  
         
         
 
 
 
 
 
The Escutcheon of the Greys of Bradgate,
Marquesses of Dorset and Dukes of Suffolk


Barry of six Argent and Azure in chief three Torteaux
over all a Label of three points Ermine
 

 

 

 

 

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