Lady Jane Grey Dudley

England’s ‘Nine Days Queen’ of July 1553
     This site deals primarily with Lady Jane Grey Dudley, 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 in 2007. It is a subject to which I have devoted myself as an independent research historian. 

    This site also contains a growing amount of material born of my own ‘grey matter’ and relating to other topics, including objects believed by their owners to have once belonged to Jane Grey, one man’s amusing theory that Lady Jane’s execution was staged and that she was secretly pardoned and went on to write the works now attributed to William Shakespeare, my take on what it is to be a historian, my rant on one of my pet peeves (the modern misuse of the word “professional”), my analysis of a set of ancient Latin poems said to have been the orgin of the modern acrostic puzzle, and an article from the period when I lived in San Francisco and was active in the gay community there.

        As always, thanks for visting and feel free to use the CONTACT form if you have any questions you would like to pose, whether in relation to Lady Jane Grey Dudley or some other topic in history.

NEW IN 2018 !!!
Available for free viewing (with advertising) on



was produced in 2017 and was first broadcast on BBC4 in January 2018. It was later broadcast in Australia in July 2018 under the title Lady Jane Grey: Murder of a Child Queen. It has now become available to Amazon Prime members via that popular streaming service!

I was honored to have been consulted by Darlow Smithson Productions during their research and script writing process. I was further privileged to be able to appear as an on-screen “talking head” expert along with Professor John Guy, Leanda de Lisle, and many others. The three-part series was hosted by the incomparable Helen Castor.
Be sure to take a peek as well at the two books on Lady Jane Grey
that I have published thus far:
Something new in portraiture of Jane Grey!

Lady Jane Grey Revisited: Iconography of Lady Jane Grey
(click on image to open in a new page)
A frequent visitor to this site, Lee Porritt, has recently started a “blog” or discussion page that details his own ongoing research on portraiture of Jane Grey. Lee and I have corresponded a great deal over the past decade, but I had no idea that his research was so very thorough and advanced! He has done an outstanding job of tracking down a number of portraits that I was not able to find. Lady Jane Grey Revisited provides a superb supplement to A Queen of a New Invention, so be sure to have a look and to join in the discussion!
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