Beheading of Lady Jane Grey

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Image of a painting, called The Execution of Lady Jane Grey, which Paul Delaroche created in 1833.  Maintained by the National Gallery, London, the painting depicts the artist's interpretation of the famous event.

From the National Gallery website we learn:

Jane became queen after the death of her cousin, Edward VI [son of Henry VIII] in 1553. As a Protestant, Jane was crowned queen in a bid to shore up Protestantism and keep Catholic influence at bay.

The plan didn't work. Jane's claim to the crown was much weaker than Edward VI's half sister Mary. Mary, a Catholic, had popular support and soon replaced Jane as queen.

Lady Jane Grey was executed at Tower Green on 12 February 1554. She was just 16 years old.

In this painting, she is guided towards the execution block by Sir John Brydges, Lieutenant of the Tower.

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Image online, via the National Gallery Website.


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