Chapter 1. The Year of Three Sovereigns

  1. Eric Ives

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307832.ch1

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

How to Cite

Ives, E. (2009) The Year of Three Sovereigns, in Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307832.ch1

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405194136

Online ISBN: 9781444307832



  • year of three sovereigns;
  • France and the Habsburg empire – once more at each other's throats;
  • Hunsdon, principal home of Henry VIII's daughter, Princess Mary;
  • Jane being prisoner in the Tower and Mary, acknowledged as queen of England;
  • if Edward died childless - the crown going to his half-sister, Mary and then Elizabeth;
  • during this illness - Edward speculating about the succession;
  • Edward's ‘my deuise [device] for the succession’;
  • Jane Grey - Edward's ‘deuise’, crucial amendment making Jane Grey his immediate heir;
  • Edward, Jane, Northumberland, Mary - events of 1553, wholly unexpected;
  • patent naming Jane as the next queen - completed and signed on 21 June