Enjoy this amazing 82 page Lady Jane Grey Special Edition magazine with articles from:
- Lady Jane Grey's death and burial - Tamise Hills
- Queen Jane, where are you? - J. Stephan Edwards
- Henry VII and Elizabeth of York - Olga Hughes
- Frances Grey's Master of the Horse - Susan Higginbotham
- The First Horseman - Derek Wilson
- Tudor blood: more a curse than a blessing - Elizabeth Fremantle
- What was it like to be a nun? - Nancy Bilyeau
- 50 shades of Henry VII Gareth Russell
- An illustrated guide to the Tudors - book review by Charlie Fenton
- A right royal rivalry - Melanie V. Taylor
- Elizabeth of York - Kyra Kramer
- Feast days - Claire Ridgway
- Fools - Beth von Staats
- La Volta: the dance that shocked - Jane Moulder
- Bradgate House and Park
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Many congratulations on this new venture-it is certainly needed.
About 20 years ago, when the hunt was on for an original portrait of Lady Jane Grey I decided that she, and in particularly the portraiture, would make a very useful retirement project for me. At the time she was regarded as a sort of Protestant Joan of Arc and it was very hard to disentangle the myth and legend from reality.
I was overtaken by events when I eventually retired. Dr Stefan Edwards has really said the last word on the portraiture that remains. The only two modern biographers worth reading are Leander De Lisle ,sympathetically Catholic and the late Eric Ives , fervent Protestant, both of whom relied on original sources. In particular a our great debt is to Leander De Lisle, who led the way in debunking that curse of Jane Gray scholarship Richard Davey.
It was good to see Tamise chronicling the end of poor Jane. Incidentally Richard Davey in “the Nine Days Queen” describes her executioner. “The executioner, in the tightfitting Scarlet were student cloth garments, displaying the swelling muscles of his chest arms and legs; his face was masked and his head hooded in Scarlet. A footnote described him further “he is said to have been almost gigantic in height , and very powerful.” Extraordinary no one else noticed .pure Ainsworth! The executioner was probably the same “Stump leg” who executed the Duke of Northumberland some months previous and was then noticed.
My attention has now shifted to Davey.
Thanks for your kind comments about the articles. We’d agree that Leanda is a wonderful historian (and a good friend of ours), and the few times we shared a meal with Eric Ives before he passed away were wonderful times – both are (were) amazing people and excellent historians. It’s great you liked Tamise’s article too.
Wonderfully put together! I love the magazine.
Thanks Kristie! The March edition is going to be even more exciting!
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