GUILDFORD DUDLEY

TIME-LINE AND ADDITIONAL FACTS ON GUILDFORD DUDLEY. GUILDFORD WAS NEVER CROWNED  NOR WAS  EVER RECOGNIZED  CONSORT. HOWEVER HE WAS THE HUSBAND OF THE NINE DAY QUEEN, THE LADY JANE GREY.

TIME-LINE OF GUILDFORD DUDLEY

1535
  • Guildford Dudley is born the second youngest surviving son of John Dudley,and his wife, Jane Guildford
1538
  • Guildford’s sister Katherine was born
1550
  • 4TH JUNE: Guildford’s brother Robert married Amy Robsart
1552
  • Guildford’s father John Dudley, unsuccessfully tried to marry Guildford to Margaret Clifford, a cousin of Lady Jane Grey
1553
  • SPRING Guildford was engaged to the sixteen-year-old Lady Jane Grey
  • 25TH MAY: Guildford married Lady Jane Grey, his sister Catherine married Henry Hastings, the Earl Of Huntingdon', And Lady Jane Grey Sister Catherine married Lord Herbert, the heir of the earl of Pembroke. The marriage is celebrated at Durham place,
  • 6TH JULY: Edward VI England died
  • 10TH JULY Lady Jane's  Grey proclamation as Queen of England at the Cross in Cheapside. On the same day a letter from Mary Tudor arrived in London, saying that she was now queen and demanding the obedience of the council
  • 19TH JULY A few hours before Queen Mary1ST proclamation in London, the baptism of one of the gentlemen pensioners' children took place. Lady Jane had agreed to be the godmother and wished the child's name to be Guildford.
  • 20TH JULY:The council in London declared Mary as Queen of England.
  • 18TH AUGUST Guildford fathers John Dudley was on trial in Westminster Hall
  • 22ND AUGUST: father John Dudley executed for high treason
  • 13TH  NOVEMBER Jane and Guildford were tried at Guildhall, together with Archbishop Cranmer and Guildford’s brothers Ambrose and Henry. They were all convicted of high treason after pleading guilty. Guildford was convicted of compassing to depose Queen Mary I by sending troops to the Duke of Northumberland and by proclaiming and honouring Jane as Queen
1554
  • The Wyatt’s rebellion
  • 12TH FEBRUARY   Guildford Dudley was executed on Tower-hill for high treason
 
        Guildford Dudley was buried in St Peter Ad Vincula, Tower of London.

EXTRA FACTS ON GUILDFORD DUDLEY

  • Guildford Dudley, was the husband of the Lady Janes Grey, the Nine- day queen.
 
  • Guildford’s wife, the Lady Jane Grey was the great Granddaughter of King Henry VII of England, granddaughter of Mary Tudor Queen of France, by her second Husband Charles Brandon. She was also a descendant of Elizabeth Woodville through her father, Henry Grey.
 
  • Guildford’ s father was John Dudley, Lord President of the Council.
 
  • Guildford’s mother Jane, had served as a lady in waiting at the court of Henry VIII of England and also had been a close friend of queen Catherine Parr. Jane had been a supporter of the Protestant martyr Anne Askew.
 
  • Guildford’s brother Robert Dudley, was the notable favourite of the Future Elizabeth 1st England
 
  • He was Educated as an athlete and a scholar by the tutor John Dee.
 
  • Guildford’s and the Lady Jane’s wedding, was a magnificent festival. There was jousts, games, and masques. For the latter, two different companies had been booked, one male, one female. The Venetian and French ambassadors were guests, and there were "large numbers of the common people and also those of the who were the most principal of the realm.
 
  • There was a clash of agreements when Guildford’swife Jane became queen. The young people agreed on having Guildford being declared king by Act of Parliament. However Jane changed her mind and declared she would only make him a duke. Guildford cried "I will not be a duke, I will be King", and went to fetch his mother. The furious Duchess (his mother) took the side of her son, before she told him to leave the Tower and go home. Jane, however, insisted that he remain at court.
 
  • Guildford was Held in the Beauchamp Tower, Tower London. He was imprisoned with his four brothers, from end of July 1553, Robert, Henry, Ambrose and John. Guildford and his Father John were only two to be executed from the family. Along with his wife Lady Jane Grey.
 
  • The day before their executions Guildford asked Jane for a last meeting, which she refused, explaining it "would only ... increase their misery and pain, it was better to put it off ... as they would meet shortly elsewhere, and live bound by indissoluble ties.
 
  • Around ten o'clock in the morning of the 12th February 1554. Guildford was led towards Tower Hill, where "many of the gentlemen" waited to shake hands with him.
 
  • Guildford made a short speech to the assembled crowd, as it was customary. "Having no ghostly father with him" he knelt, prayed, and asked the people to pray for him, "holding up his eyes and hands to God many times". He was killed with one stroke of the axe, after which his body was conveyed on a cart to the Tower chapel of St Peter ad Vincula. Watching the scene from her window, Jane cried "Oh, Guildford, Guildford!" and then Jane was next for execution, who was dead within the hour.

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