Chapter 14. ‘My Deuise for the Succession’

  1. Eric Ives

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307832.ch14

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

How to Cite

Ives, E. (2009) ‘My Deuise for the Succession’, in Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307832.ch14

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405194136

Online ISBN: 9781444307832



  • Edward VI's political papers, central to crisis of 1553 - ‘My Deuise for the Succession’;
  • 314 words, launching the attempt to make Jane Grey the queen;
  • distinguishing between VERSION ONE, which did not single out Jane and a VERSION TWO which did;
  • VERSION THREE, by 11 June 1553 - summoning lawyers to put it into legal form;
  • clause that, if Edward were to die without children of his own, the crown would go to a son of the duchess of Suffolk;
  • obvious question to ask of the ‘deuise’ - why Edward's two sisters, Mary and Elizabeth, were being omitted;
  • Edward following, English equivalent of the Salic law of France - ensuring the monarch was always male;
  • Henry VIII no doubt died - faithful to God and his own blood line;
  • right being on Jane Grey's side - Mary Tudor was the rebel