Documents of Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queen of England 1553 by James D. Taylor Jr.

By James D. Taylor Jr.

Trying to tell our figuring out of 1 of history's such a lot poignant, little-known heroines, Taylor has pulled jointly all of girl Jane's literary is still, together with a few that could be apocryphal.

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Pre-Reign Period pose and exhilarate my soul, by the cheerful woodland song — the floweret’s blooming tints and refreshing fragrance — the gilded Aurora, or serene Hesperus — the voice of the cheerful shepherd carols in vain — in vain the more polished notes of refined music — or the enchanting beauties of Grecian poetry solicit my attention — the whole of the harmonious feast is tasteless, while unparticipated with the friend of my heart. You are about to be presented to that Court which I have never yet seen, and feel, I know not why, a shivering at my heart whenever I but think of seeing it.

Early historians have suggested that the bones now lying beneath the altar of the Chapel of Henry VIII in Westminster Abbey are not Edward’s but in fact those of a young boy who looked like him. No evidence remains to substantiate this claim, and without a statement by someone who was close to the events surrounding Edward’s death, the fate of his body remains a mystery. A second letter from Lady Dudley to Jane’s sister Lady Catherine raises several questions, as well. The letter is in two parts; the first is easily dated to July 7, the day after Edward died, and the second is perhaps from July 9.

How shall I unfold, to my dear Lady Catherine, the melancholy news of the King’s death! — He expired yesterday, to the extreme affliction of all his friends. Your sister, and Lady Anne, are utterly incapable of writing, which they have requested me to do, being more composed: my pen is unable to paint the affecting interviews between them. Lord Guildford was beloved by his King with the sincerest friendship, and moans his loss with unaffected sorrow: they have all paid him the strictest attention, and watched over him like a mother over a dying child.

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