Did the Lady Jane Grey plot ever stand a chance?
AimsTo understand how the succession was changedTo explore Marys response to the altered successionTo assess to why the Lady Jane Grey plot failed.
Edwards DeathEdward had been a healthy child but he fell ill in late January 1553 with a chest infection or TBBy April despite being warned that it was serious there were signs of improvement.Suddenly in late May he suffered a relapse and contracted septicemia.Death was now predicted. Surviving through June Edward finally died on 6th July 1553.
Why is the chronology of Edwards illness and death significant?Only in June was it clear that Edward was going to die. As a result those wishing to avoid a Marian succession had only a month to act.
Lady Jane Grey marriage was before June in defense of Northumberland.
Whose will was it anyway?Read page 259 260 Complete Activity 1 and 2
Why did Mary succeed?Read page 261 -262 and answer the following question. Why had Mary succeeded and Northumberland failed? Consider the following in your answer support, tactics and claims to the throne.
How significant was this plot? Edward undoubtedly supported a change in the succession- the end of the Tudors.It could have returned the country to a civil war conflict possibly the reemergence of the war of the roses.It did effectively end the Tudors but for only nine daysIt could have been more successful had Northumberland not failed to muster troops effectively and act decisively in those crucial days.