A Triple Wedding at Durham Place: May 1553


Henry Hastings, Earl of Huntingdon On May 25, 1553–not May 21, as is often reported–a triple wedding took place at Durham Place, the Duke of Northumberland’s London house. The couples were Guildford Dudley and Jane Grey, Henry Herbert and Katherine …

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The Funeral of Jane Dudley, Duchess of Northumberland

Either on January 15, 1555 (the date in her inquisition postmortem), or January 22, 1555 (the date on her tomb), Jane Dudley, Duchess of Northumberland, died.  My piece about her will can be found here.  She was buried on February …

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The Deaths of a Duke and a Duchess


On January 22, 1552, Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, uncle and former Protector to Edward VI, was executed on Tower Hill. Somerset was a complex man, neither the “Good Duke” of one stereotype nor the greedy megalomaniac of another, but …

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Buttons and Books: Some Goods of John Dudley, Viscount Lisle (d. 1554)


While looking for something else over the weekend, I stumbled upon these excerpts from an inventory of the goods of John Dudley, Viscount Lisle,  later Earl of Warwick. John was the oldest surviving son of John Dudley, Earl of Warwick, …

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How Old Was Guildford Dudley? (Beats Me.)


One of the many failings of Lady Jane Grey’s contemporaries, for the purposes of a novelist at least, is that no one bothered to write down the age of Guildford Dudley. Secondary sources give his age at his death as …

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Jane in the Court of at Least Three Queens

In writing my forthcoming novel about Jane Dudley, Duchess of Northumberland, and Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk, one of my biggest challenges with Jane Dudley (née Guildford) was to figure out which queens she served.  She can be linked with …

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Ten Things to Like About John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland

On August 22, 1553, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, died upon the scaffold at Tower Hill for his attempt to divert the succession from Mary Tudor to Lady Jane Grey. His reputation remained poor for centuries to come and only …

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The Life of a Dog: The Pleas that Failed


At eight in the morning of Monday, August 21, 1553, ten thousand people crowded together at Tower Hill to see John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, pay the price for having attempted to keep Queen Mary off the throne of England. …

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From Hearsay to History: The Fate of Edward VI’s Body

On August 16, 1553, John Burcher, a cloth merchant living in Strasburgh, wrote to Heinrich Bullinger of the recent events in England, which of course included the recent death of Edward VI, the brief reign of Jane Grey, and the …

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The Execution of Edmund Dudley

On April 24, 1509, just three days after Henry VII died, “yerely in the mornyng the morow after Saint George day by thavis of the king and his councell were taken Sir Richard Empson knyght and Mr Edmund Dudeley esquire …

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