Chapter 11. John Dudley: The Black Legend

  1. Eric Ives

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307832.ch11

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

How to Cite

Ives, E. (2009) John Dudley: The Black Legend, in Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307832.ch11

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405194136

Online ISBN: 9781444307832



  • John Dudley - The Black Legend;
  • earlier career of John Dudley - appearing as a most unlikely adventurer;
  • Antonio de Guaras - depicting Northumberland as saddled with guilt;
  • alternative and malevolent explanation of Northumberland's behaviour - breach of the tenth commandment;
  • Giovanni Commendone wrote, ‘events … ambition and greed of reigning prevailed over his duty of loyalty’;
  • role in suppressing - that summer's rebellion in East Anglia;
  • peasants, deliberately rallying to Princess Mary in 1553 - to have their revenge;
  • second nail in the coffin of Dudley's reputation - ousting of popular duke of Somerset from power;
  • his execution in January 1552, cold-blooded judicial murder