Chapter 12. John Dudley: Motives

  1. Eric Ives

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307832.ch12

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

How to Cite

Ives, E. (2009) John Dudley: Motives, in Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307832.ch12

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405194136

Online ISBN: 9781444307832



  • John Dudley - motives;
  • rejecting the black legend as caricature - explanation for the behaviour of the duke of Northumberland;
  • Mary's behaviour since her father's death - left no doubt that her accession would turn the clock back;
  • Dudley and his wife, firmly in the evangelical camp;
  • S. T. Bindoff claiming ‘behind his championship of the godly cause there was less of conviction than of calculation’;
  • Northumberland's view was diametrically opposite – the church, subservient to the state;
  • Jane Grey and other reformers - seeing the duke's conversion as blatant hypocrisy;
  • John Dudley, motivated by reforming opinions - always debatable;
  • caution colouring whole of Dudley's naval career;
  • obsessive loyalty to the king at all times - declaring, Dudley and his family were not traitors