Chapter 16. The Will of a King

  1. Eric Ives

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307832.ch16

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

How to Cite

Ives, E. (2009) The Will of a King, in Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307832.ch16

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405194136

Online ISBN: 9781444307832



  • the will of a king;
  • Edward's privy council - claiming he acted ‘by the instigation of many whom he would not name’;
  • Northumberland's psychology - overwhelming motivation and obedience to the king;
  • the ‘engagement’, ‘just a scrap of paper’ - getting people to commit, not plain sailing;
  • William Cecil, collapse of Jane's government - Mary saying ‘God of justice, who saves the righteous in heart, be my advocate’;
  • William Cecil, having much to gain - Northumberland's right-hand man, related by marriage to the Greys;
  • Cecil's signature, party to the agreement ‘to fully perform … all and every article [of VERSION THREE]’;
  • The French - assuring Northumberland could safely rely on ‘the council and the aldermen of London’