Lady Jane Grey - 5 Life and Death

 Catherine Parr

Catherine Parr

My dearest sister Catherine, this comes to you in a moment of both great joy and greater sorrow.

Her Majesty the Queen Dowager Catherine Parr has gone to be with our Heavenly Father. I pray for her soul daily, that she may find peace and happiness.

In joy, a child has been born. A mere two days since my last letter, Her Majesty the Queen Dowager gave birth to a beautiful and healthy daughter. She is to be named Mary, for Her Majesty's step daughter the Lady Mary.

In the hours after the birth, Her Majesty was well and strong. This was a deception of the cruelest nature as by the next morning, Her Majesty was scorching to the touch. For five days she suffered. Oh Catherine how I lament not being able to bring ease to her final days. I read to her when she was awake. When her fever brought with it the delirium, I held her hand and prayed. In her final moments she was taken by slumber and left this world in peace.

I am to act as her Chief Mourner. I take this honour with a heavy heart. She was a most kind and generous guardian. 

I do not know what this means for me sweet Catherine. It was her Majesty who invited me into her home. Perhaps we will see each other soon. Until then, I remain your good sister,

Jane

Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire

This 6th September, 1548

Lady Jane Grey - 4 Proposal

 King Edward VI

King Edward VI

Her Majesty the Queen Dowager is progressing very well cherished sister Catherine. How swollen she is with child. I am reminded of our own Lady mother in the weeks before our sweet little Mary was brought into this world.

The air has calmed since my last correspondence. While the Lady Elizabeth's presence is missed, the household is buzzing with motion for the coming child.

The Lord High Admiral Thomas Seymour was sent to London these past weeks to handle some business before the birth. While I regretted leaveing Her Majesty, it was upon His Lordship's insistence that I accompany him. The reason was to visit His Majesty King Edward, who has written me on several occasions wishing that I may come see him. It is my fondest wish that you may get to make the acquaintance of our dear cousin.

But I must confess, His Majesty King Edward said the most peculiar thing before my returning to Sudeley Castle. It has been suggested that we should marry. Can you scarce believe such a tale Catherine? His Majesty must be the desire of many a noble Princess. He is very kind and fair.

I will of course obey our noble parents in whatever match they wish for me. May my future husband be kind and fair as the King. But I wish for myself a quiet life.

I have returned to Sudeley Castle to await the birth. May he be born healthy and strong. Your good sister,

Jane

Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire

This 28th August, 1548

Lady Jane Grey - 3 Scandal

My most cherished sister I come to find I miss you and sweet Mary greatly as of late. 

Something horrible has happened and I wish to record the truth of it here before the need for scandal alters the events beyond recognition. 

I have written to you of the fondness his Lordship displays for the Lady Elizabeth. I confess I thought it innocent, and perhaps it remains so. 

Her Majesty the Queen Dowager discovered his Lordship and the Lady Elizabeth locked within an embrace. With much regret I say that the Lady Elizabeth has been sent away to Chesunt to stay with the household of Sir Anthony Denny. 

The Lady Elizabeth has since written to Her Majesty the Queen Dowager and the Lord High Admiral expressing her deepest remorse for what transpired between them. 

Her Majesty the Queen Dowager us quite distraught and I worry for the child. Pray for her dearest Catherine and ask sweet Mary to do the same. I shall continue my duty here. Forever I remain your good sister,

Jane

Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire

This 15th July, 1548

Lady Jane Grey - 2 Visits and Celebrations

For you my good sister Catherine I have enclosed a passage from Homer’s Odyssey of which I have translated. Please read it to sweet Mary so that you both may be amused by the tale. 

Our cousin the Lady Elizabeth has been residing in Sudeley Castle this month past. She is as lovely as her image suggests but very serious. I am afraid that we are but acquaintances beneath the same roof. She is highly doted upon by his Lordship. What games they play. How they laugh so when His Lordship goes to wake the Lady Elizabeth in the morning.

As promised, the Lord High Admiral and Her Majesty the Queen Dowager treated us to a trip to London. We visited His Majesty the King Edward. I must confess that he was not what I expected. He was very fair, much how Lord Thomas speaks of his late sister, and the Queen Mother Jane Seymour, may God rest her soul. His Majesty was very kind and most gracious to have his sister the Lady Elizabeth and I in his company. He beseeched us to return again soon. 

 Young Lady Elizabeth

Young Lady Elizabeth

I have saved the very best of news for the end. After our return from London, it was discovered that Her Majesty the Queen Dowager Catherine is with child. This news comes quite unexpected and much celebrated. 

I keep you and Mary in my thoughts and preyers. My best to our noble parents.

Jane

Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire

This 28th March, 1548

 

 

 

The Lost Letters of Lady Jane Grey are a work of fiction and belong to Jodi Trask.

Lady Jane Grey - 1 The Beginning

Welcome to the Lost Letters. :D These letters tell the story of some figure in history in the form of letters. To start off, we'll begin with the story of Lady Jane Grey. Also note, while based on the life of Lady Jane Grey and the writing is based on her own letters, this is a work of fiction.

The year is 1548. King Henry VIII died a year ago and his son, Edward, is now the king of England. Henry’s surviving wife, Catherine Parr, remarried several months later and now lives with her husband, the Lord High Admiral and uncle to the young king, Thomas Seymour in Sudeley Castle. In early 1548, Catherine Parr invites Lady Elizabeth (a daughter of King Henry VIII and Edward’s sister) and Lady Jane Grey (a cousin of king Edward) to stay with her. In this letter Jane is writing to her sister Catherine.

Good sister, after my heartiest commendations to you and mine sister, I find myself delivered whole to the home of the most gracious Queen Dowager Catherine Parr. Sudeley Castle is all that our sweet sister Mary thought it would be. I am able to see the gardens from the windows of my rooms. Our esteemed cousin the Lady Elizabeth arrives tomorrow and will be also under the guardianship of our hosts; Her Majesty the Queen Dowager, and the Lord High Admiral Thomas Seymour.

We are to meet our tutors in the coming days. Her Majesty has taken a great interest in our education and expresses her desire to see us most accomplished. 

What is more good sister, His Lordship has spoken of our going to London soon to visit His Majesty, our cousin, King Edward. We are of an age and the Lord High Admiral believes that His Majesty would enjoy the company of his sister Elizabeth and my most humbled self. 

Do return correspondence soon most cherished sister. Tell me all of how you and little Mary flourish. With my kindest regards to you and my good sister, I rest your loving sister,

Jane

Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire

This 18th February, 1548

The Lost Letters of Lady Jane Grey are a work of fiction and belong to Jodi Trask.