lady jane grey

Finally, OUTSIDE

After four months of going nowhere but the occasional field I have been to Bradgate Park in Leicester! Oh thank god. It’s so nice to BE OUT.

No-one else was wearing masks… apart from this elf we found in a tree on the way there.

I took a panorama with my phone once we got there. Surprisingly there are no deer in it (they are everywhere)

See, here’s one. This deer has an expression on his face I cannot read.

More deer.

Dave took most of the above photos (only numbers 2 and 6 are mine I think) and he also took these AMAZING ones of a white deer chilling in the ruins of Lady Jane Grey’s estate. There was a wall in the way but he STILL MANAGED IT!

The Romantic/gothy side of me likes to think, maybe that’s Lady Jane’s reincarnated spirit wandering around there.

Meanwhile I took a picture of an interesting wall.

Dave then got this amazing photo of a dragonfly which are very hard to photograph-


It’s much harder to get to than it looks from here, trust me.

I took this photo halfway up:

It’s worth it for the views, if your legs can take it.

Here’s some pictures I took at the top!

Here’s a couple of slightly more imposing-looking ones I took with my phone.

And then just before we left suddenly a noisy peacock flew overhead! Sadly neither of us got any photos of it in flight, but I WAS able to get close enough to it to take this:

And that was I think everything, and oh my god my legs are killing me.

The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey

I live down the road from Bradgate Park and what remains of Jane Grey’s childhood home. She absolutely did not deserve to die the way she did, poor girl. There’s a replica of that famous picture hanging up in the museum there and I always stop and look at it.

The Freelance History Writer

Lady Jane Grey Lady Jane Grey, engraving published 1620, possibly based on an earlier painting

There is a great deal of myth, legend and many unknowns surrounding the life of Lady Jane Grey.  She is seen as a protestant martyr due to the Chronicles of Holinshed and the Acts and Monuments by John Foxe.  Then there are the indiscriminate works of Agnes Strickland and Richard Davey.  The most dependable source would be the purported “Chronicle of Queen Jane” by an anonymous eyewitness.  But in the last few years there have been some excellent biographies of Jane that delve deep into her story and give us better understanding and insight into her life and death.

Jane Grey had an illustrious ancestry.  She was the eldest daughter of Henry Grey, marquess of Dorset, later 1st Duke of Suffolk and his wife Frances Brandon.  Henry Grey was a great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth Woodville by…

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The Execution of Lady Jane Grey(detail), Paul Delaroche – 1833

Something about the moment Paul Delaroche chose to illustrate….really made this painting. Idk if that makes any sense.

This actually happened though. When she knelt down to put her head on the block she reached out for it but couldn’t find it and panicked, yelling out “Where is it?!”. Someone kindly guided her head and shoulders to the block.

Jane was 16-17 when she died. She was put to death for sitting on a throne she never tried to grab. Her parents and in-laws together came up with a plot to keep Catholic Mary off the throne after Edward the Protestant died. She willingly gave Mary back the throne, she never wanted to be Queen.

She was put to death after a lifetime of abuse from her parents over a plot contrived by her parents. The people who were supposed to love, guide, cherish, and take care of her. Even in her time her parents abuse of her was well known and frowned upon.

Her story is so tragic.

this is the painting that got me into loving art

I live near the place where Lady Jane Grey grew up. (It’s a ruin now, but you can still go see it.) The more I learn about her, the sadder I feel when I go there…