My Story: Lady Jane Grey (My Royal Story)

 

 

 

For Michael

 

 

While the events described and some of the characters in this book may be based on actual historical events and real people, this story is a work of fiction.

Contents

Cover

Title page

Dedication

 

19 January 1547 Bradgate Park, Leicestershire

25 January 1547 Bradgate Park

31 January 1547 Bradgate Park

5 February 1547 Bradgate Park

11 February 1547 An inn, I forget the name

13 February 1547 Dorset Place

14 February 1547 Dorset Place

15 February 1547 Dorset Place

17 February 1547 Seymour Place

18 February 1547 Seymour Place

19 February 1547 Seymour Place

21 February 1547 Seymour Place

10 March 1547 Seymour Place

15 March 1547 Seymour Place

17 March 1547 Seymour Place

25 March 1547 Seymour Place

20 April 1547 Seymour Place

10 May 1547 Seymour Place

20 May 1547 Chelsea Place

1 June 1547 Chelsea Place

17 June 1547 Chelsea Place

10 July 1547 Chelsea Place

12 July 1547 Chelsea Place

3 January 1548 Chelsea Place

25 January 1548 Chelsea Place

5 February 1548 Chelsea Place

10 February 1548 Chelsea Place

1 March 1548 Chelsea Place

10 April 1548 Chelsea Place

12 April 1548 Chelsea Place

4 May 1548 Chelsea Place

5 May 1548 Chelsea Place

7 May 1548 Chelsea Place

12 May 1548 Chelsea Place

1 June 1548 Chelsea Place

5 July 1548 Sudeley Castle

15 July 1548 Sudeley Castle

3 August 1548 Sudeley Castle

11 August 1548 Sudeley Castle

30 August 1548 Sudeley Castle

Late

31 August 1548 Sudeley Castle

1 September 1548 Sudeley Castle

2 September 1548 Sudeley Castle

3 September 1548 Sudeley Castle

5 September 1548 Sudeley Castle

7 September 1548 The Queen’s funeral, Sudeley Castle

22 September 1548 Sudeley Castle

25 September 1548 Sudeley Castle

30 September 1548 Bradgate Park

14 October 1548 Bradgate Park

16 October 1548 Bradgate Park

21 October 1548 Bradgate Park

22 October 1548 Bradgate Park

27 October 1548 An inn, outside the city

29 October 1548 Seymour Place

8 November 1548 Seymour Place

15 December 1548 Seymour Place

20 December 1548 Seymour Place

21 December 1548 Seymour Place

23 December 1548 Seymour Place

10 January 1549 Seymour Place

12 January 1549 Seymour Place

13 January 1549 Dorset Place

18 January 1549 Dorset Place

25 January 1549 Dorset Place

23 February 1549 Dorset Place

19 March 1549 Dorset Place

21 March 1549 Dorset Place

24 March 1549 Dorset Place

2 April 1549 Dorset Place

16 May 1549 Bradgate Park

17 May 1549 Bradgate Park

30 May 1549 Bradgate Park

Whitsuntide 1549 Bradgate Park

16 June 1549 Bradgate Park

17 June 1549 Bradgate Park

20 August 1549 Bradgate Park

1 September 1549 Bradgate Park

12 September 1549 Bradgate Park

1 October 1549 Bradgate Park

9 October 1549 Bradgate Park

16 October 1549 Bradgate Park

20 October 1549 Bradgate Park

21 October 1549 Bradgate Park

19 November 1549 Tilty

29 November 1549 Hunsdon

30 November 1549 Hunsdon

Christmas 1549 Tilty

10 February 1550 Dorset Place

15 March 1550 Dorset Place

2 May 1550 Dorset Place

3 June 1550 Dorset Place

10 August 1550 Bradgate Park

12 August 1550 Bradgate Park

31 December 1550 Bradgate Park

1 January 1551 Bradgate Park

15 March 1551 Dorset Place

25 March 1551 Dorset Place

18 April 1551 Dorset Place

20 May 1551 Bradgate Park

21 May 1551 Bradgate Park

29 May 1551 Bradgate Park

15 July 1551 Bradgate Park

18 July 1551 Bradgate Park

19 July 1551 Bradgate Park

28 September 1551 Bradgate Park

29 September 1551 Bradgate Park

30 September 1551 Bradgate Park

1 October 1551 Bradgate Park

8 October 1551 Court

9 October 1551 Court

10 October 1551 Court

11 October 1551 Court

15 October 1551 Court

17 October 1551 Dorset Place

18 October 1551 Dorset Place

19 October 1551 Court

25 October 1551 Suffolk Place

31 October 1551 Suffolk Place

3 November 1551 Suffolk Place

5 November 1551 Suffolk Place

6 November 1551 Suffolk Place

1 December 1551 Suffolk Place

2 December 1551 Suffolk Place

8 December 1551 Suffolk Place

Christmas 1551 Suffolk Place

New Year 1552 Suffolk Place

Twelfth Night – 6 January 1552 Court

22 January 1552 Suffolk Place

5 March 1552 Suffolk Place

2 April 1552 Suffolk Place

23 April 1552 – St George’s Day Suffolk Place

10 May 1552 Bradgate Park

20 August 1552 Sheen, Richmond

22 August 1552 Sheen, Richmond

25 August 1552 Sheen, Richmond

28 August 1552 Sheen, Richmond

1 January 1553 Court

6 February 1553 Court

10 February 1553 Court

10 March 1553 Sheen, Richmond

11 April 1553 Suffolk Place

14 April 1553 Suffolk Place

26 April 1553 Suffolk Place

28 April 1553 Suffolk Place

18 May 1553 Suffolk Place

Whitsuntide 25 May 1553 Durham House

26 May 1553 Durham House

3 June 1553 Suffolk Place

4 June 1553 Suffolk Place

10 June 1553 Durham House

18 June 1553 Suffolk Place

19 June 1553 Suffolk Place

26 June 1553 Suffolk Place

29 June 1553 Suffolk Place

1 July 1553 Suffolk Place

2 July 1553 Durham House

3 July 1553 Durham House

4 July 1553 Chelsea Place

9 July 1553 Syon, Richmond

10 July 1553 The Tower of London

11 July 1553 The Tower of London

12 July 1553 The Tower of London

13 July 1553 The Tower of London

14 July 1553 The Tower of London

16 July 1553 The Tower of London

17 July 1553 The Tower of London

18 July 1553 The Tower of London

19 July 1553, morning, The Tower of London

Later

19 July 1553, night, The Tower of London

25 July 1553 The Tower of London

26 July 1553 The Tower of London

27 July 1553 The Tower of London

3 August 1553 The Tower of London

Later

8 August 1553 The Tower of London

13 August 1553 The Tower of London

21 August 1553 The Tower of London

22 August 1553 The Tower of London

28 August 1553 The Tower of London

31 August 1553 The Tower of London

10 October 1553 The Tower of London

10 November 1553 The Tower of London

13 November 1553 The Tower of London

20 November 1553 The Tower of London

18 December 1553 The Tower of London

5 January 1554 The Tower of London

6 January 1554 The Tower of London

2 February 1554 The Tower of London

3 February 1554 The Tower of London

6 February 1554 The Tower of London

7 February 1554 The Tower of London

8 February, 1554 The Tower of London

9 February 1554 The Tower of London

11 February 1554 The Tower of London

Historical note

Timeline

My story Augustus

Copyright

19 January 1547
Bradgate Park, Leicestershire

Today I kept my promise to Edward and began my diary. He has sent me a beautiful book to write it in. It is bound in red velvet and has a gold clasp and key. I will lock it every night, and hang the key under my bodice. I am trying to find a safe place to keep it in. My sister Katherine is very nosy and I do not want her to find it.

I am calling it the chronicle of Lady Jane Grey. Edward has begun a chronicle too. He told me about it when I last saw him, at Court. “My tutor Master Cheke told me I should write a diary,” he said. “He says it will be good for my writing and help me to write my thoughts clearly.”

“I have never written a diary,” I told him.

“Then you must,” he said. “I command you to!” We both burst out laughing. The courtiers who were in the chamber – Edward is seldom on his own – looked at us curiously. Edward doesn’t laugh often. But he is my favourite cousin. He likes to study as much as me. I wish I saw him more often. We are the same age, but I will be ten first!

I had almost forgotten my promise when a messenger galloped up to the house this morning and my nurse summoned me. She told me I was wanted below. A package had arrived for me. I was excited and ran downstairs. The messenger had ridden all the way from London to bring it to me, and that is a very long way – several days’ hard ride from my home, Bradgate Park, in Leicestershire.

The messenger bowed and said, “Are you the Lady Jane Grey?”

“I am,” I told him.

“Then this is for you,” he said. With a flourish he handed me the package.

“Who is it from?” I said turning it over in my hands. It was wrapped in fine cloth and felt hard like a book.

“That I cannot say,” he said. “I was told to tell you that it comes from the Court. And I was to put it into no other hands but yours.”

You see! Who else could it be from but my cousin? I understand him and he understands me. I am so pleased with my book. I will try and write neatly in it and not blot the pages. It will be a great comfort to me I am sure, for I can say in it whatever I like. Mother says I am too apt to say what I think and it is not always what she wants to hear. I will write down important things too so that when I am old and forgetful like my nurse, I can look back and remember how I felt when I was nearly ten.

25 January 1547
Bradgate Park

I heard the servants gossiping this morning while they swept out the old rushes in the great chamber. (I am glad they did. It stinks.) They think the King will die soon. It was lucky no one but me heard them. It is treason to talk about the King’s death.

The King has been ailing as long as I can remember. He can barely walk and has to be winched into his chair by pulleys. The last time Mother took me to Court I saw him carried in it down a long passage by his servants, shouting at them to be careful. He looked like a great fat pincushion, stuck with jewels. I curtsied but I don’t think he remembered who I was (I am his great-niece). His eyes were screwed up with pain. I felt sorry for him, even though I know he had wanted to put away his wife, Queen Katherine. The Queen is a good, kind and learned woman. Edward loves her and so do I. I want to be just like her when I grow up.

My mother is one of Queen Katherine’s ladies of the chamber. She says that when I am older – if I am a good girl – I will go to Court and serve the Queen, too. I cannot think that that time will ever come. My parents chastise me A LOT and say that I have much to learn still.

They always say it is for my own good, but I do not know why. My tutor Master Aylmer does not need to beat me to make me work hard. And I strive to be an obedient and dutiful daughter to them.

I must put away my diary now. It is nearly time for lessons and I must finish my translation or Dr Aylmer will be displeased with me. I am learning Greek and can read and write it quite well now.

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