Lady Jane Research Paper

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Lady Jane is an overlooked ruler due to her short reign of only nine days between the reigns of her cousin King Edward VI and his half sister Queen Mary I. It is because of her timely reign that she has historically become known as the “Nine Days Queen.” But that is not all there is to know about Jane’s history. Due to manipulating powers, Jane’s rule was unlike any other and her demise could’ve been easily changed. Lady Jane was used as a pawn to take the throne, manipulated by those who sought to use her reign for their own aspirations. This manipulation was for two reasons: religious purposes as Mary was catholic and Edward and Jane were protestant and individuals seeking power as Jane was only fifteen and would be easily manipulated to…show more content…
The servant replied that she curtsied "to Him that made us all". Jane, for whom the belief in the Host as the transformed body of Christ amounted to idolatrous worship of a piece of bread, replied tartly: "Why, how can that be, when the baker made him?") Jane was in correspondence with noted religious reformers, who greatly praised her academic skills and no doubt hoped she might further their cause in England. More alarming, Edward's health was beginning to fail, raising the specter of the succession and the possibility that if his half-sister Mary ruled, she would reverse the young king's Protestant reforms following on from his father Henry VIII's break with Rome. Queen Jane was reluctant but was eventually persuaded it was right for her to be queen. shoes specially designed to add to her height, the diminutive 15-year-old appeared "a gracious and lively figure", Guildford was "a very tall, strong boy with light hair who paid her much…show more content…
No one knows how Jane's assertion of personal authority might have continued because within nine days Mary's forces had wrested control. Jane was imprisoned in No 5 Tower Green next to the Queen's House and Guildford was held in the Beauchamp Tower, where he carved her name -- still to be seen. Northumberland, perceived ringleader of the debacle, was executed. Jane promptly wrote to Mary asking for clemency, "For whereas I might take upon me that of which I was not worthy, yet no one can ever say either that I sought it as my own, or that I was pleased with it". Queen Mary responded with leniency -- until Jane's father wrecked her chances by joining Sir Thomas Wyatt's rebellion the following year. Mary now knew it was too dangerous to allow Jane and Guildford to live, forever figureheads for potential future revolts. Execution Jane was prepared for her execution and wrote many letters to family asking them to celebrate (“for I am assured that I shall or losing a mortal life find an immortal life”) On her way to her execution, she carried an open prayer book, as she never lost her faith in her beliefs. She remained calm, until the blindfold was on, then she panicked and couldn’t find the executioner’s block. (She cried out: “What shall I do? Where is it?”). Someone, who is exactly was never recorded, guided her to the block. It was then that Lady Jane’s life was ended as she

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