mary jane
England

May I not go home? (Day 9)

The Duke of Northumberland chose not to cause bloodshed and the final boost for Mary’s supporters came from John de Vere, Earl of Oxford, who declared for Mary on the ninth day of Lady Jane’s reign. Mary was now convinced that she had succeeded and she issued the following declaration, “By the Queen. Know ye [read more]

mary jane
England

The end is near (Day 8)

Apparently, Jane spent most of the eighth day of her reign in tears after a fight between the Duchess of Northumberland (her mother-in-law) and the Duke of Suffolk (her father) after the question of her husband becoming King or not, had once again come up. Meanwhile, the peasants in the country were refusing to take [read more]

mary jane
England

Switching Allegiance (Day 7)

Several members of the council switched their allegiance from Jane to Mary on the seventh day of Lady Jane’s reign. The Duke of Northumberland reached Cambridge on this day, but he received no further reinforcements. Mary received word from Sir Edmund Peckham, who had 10,000 men ready to march on London, giving her further confidence. [read more]

mary jane
England

Locking the Gates (Day 6)

While Mary was continuing to gather support, trouble was brewing in the Tower of London on the sixth day of Lady Jane’s reign. The people began to revolt, crying for Mary to be made Queen and Jane then ordered the gates of the Tower of London to be locked each night and the keys to [read more]