1. Eric Ives

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

How to Cite

Ives, E. (2009) Prologue, in Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 18 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405194136

Online ISBN: 9781444307832



  • Jane Grey, remembered as ‘the nine days queen’;
  • Jane's ‘rebellion’ against Queen Mary - ‘rebellion of Lady Mary’ against Queen Jane;
  • story of Lady Jane Grey and rebellion of 1553 - great mythic dramas of English history;
  • Edward VI life, tortured by disease and Tudor medicine;
  • Edward's half-sister Mary, Henry VIII's elder daughter - the Edward's ‘rightful’ heir;
  • Mephistopheles, John Dudley, duke of Northumberland - Edward's chief minister;
  • loyal-hearted Englishmen, winning Mary the crown - bringing down on duke's machinations;
  • England's future saved - Jane and Guildford sentenced to the Tower and finally death;
  • legitimist loyalty to Mary against Northumberland's loyalty to Edward VI;
  • new Protestant religion conflicting with the old religion of Rome