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Why is Lady Jane Grey called Lady instead of Queen?

The claim that she was queen was based on the assertion that Mary and Elizabeth were disinherited, and in particular (from Edward's will) that the said ladie Mary and ladie Elizabeth, beinge ...
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What is the silver object on the desk and what is 'Elizabeth I' doing with it?

It's a pounce pot, being used to dry the wet ink without having to blot it. As noted here, the pounce itself could be made from any of powdered gum sandarac; crushed pumice (origin of pounce I ...
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Did Henry VIII have his bedroom bricked up every night?

I can't find any academic source to support the story. Given the logistics involved, I reckon the amateur historians have it right. It's probably just one more of the stories concocted to make ...
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Was Mary Stuart's execution not accompanied by attainder?

Three points: Mary was not the subject of a Bill of Attainder. She was convicted of treason by a jury of English noblemen. The rules about succession rules were still vague in 1600. Succession was ...
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Was Mary Stuart's execution not accompanied by attainder?

Part One: Chronology. King James VI & I did become king of England and Ireland on 24 March 1603 about 16 years after Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded on 8 February 1587. But James became King of ...
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Where is the sword used to execute Queen Anne Boleyn?

Neither in the Anne Boleyn - Wikipedia account or any other account that I have read has contained the name of the executioner. William Kingston, the Constable of the Tower, in his writings didn't ...
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Did a mob of men dressed in skirts threaten the life of Anne Boleyn?

Perhaps surprisingly, this episode may actually be based events that are reported to have occurred in 1531. In The life of Anne Boleyn by Philip W Sergeant, published in 1923, we read that: ...
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What denomination of Christianity did Anne Boleyn believe in?

Ann Boleyn and her brother, George, were executed in 1536. It appears that her family had taken a great interest in the early writings of Martin Luther, some of which he translated. Though there ...
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How was the 4th Duke of Norfolk executed?

The 4th Duke of Norfolk was beheaded on Tower Hill on 2 June 1572 for his part in the Ridolfi Plot, a plan to kill Elizabeth I. There's something on what he wore. a black satin doublet, a long gown ...
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What legal test, if any, distinguished gentlemen from commoners in Tudor England?

I only have a conjecture, it is derived from one case. But I suppose it is typical. George Green was a miller in Nottingham in the first half of 19th century. He owned a mill and worked in it. He was ...
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Why is Lady Jane Grey called Lady instead of Queen?

She does not appear to have ever exercised the monarch's powers. She was pretty much a puppet of her father-in-law, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, who had been Edward VI's chief minister. She'd ...
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Why is Lady Jane Grey called Lady instead of Queen?

I think that Jane Grey is called Lady instead of Queen because every monarch of England, Great Britain, or the UK since her has been a member of rival lines of descent to the crown than hers. ...
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How many people were executed during the reign of Henry VIII?

Looking into this if find two numbers are often repeated concerning this topic, a low estimate of 56,000 and a high range of 72,000 or more. These numbers appear across the web at various history ...
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How could someone claim benefit of clergy after an act of attainder?

Generally, claiming Benefit of Clergy did not prevent the inquest into the crime, and only after conviction, the clergy was delivered to the church authorities. Anne J. Duggan, Clerical Exemption in ...
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What was Bess of Hardwick’s net worth?

There does appear to be some calculation of the income her wealth was bringing in, which is one way you often see wealth measured these days (presumably because its easier for the rest of us wage ...
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How many 'pubs' (alehouses, inns and taverns) were there in England in 1577?

Here's something that might serve as a reference... Survey of inns, taverns and alehouses in England and Wales in 1577: National Archives SP 12/115-19. London, Bristol and Norwich are excluded and ...
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Why didn't Anne Boleyn consent to divorce?

I'm not sure if an answer from the community is forthcoming, so I'll take a stab at an answer based on newly-read information including comments to my original post. This answer comes comes with the ...
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Why didn't Anne Boleyn consent to divorce?

There are good answers to this already, but I've got some recently unearthed evidence in mind which is also relevant for this topic. Namely, it turns out that Henry specified the detail of the would-...
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Did Robert Devereux's monopoly on sweet wine encroach upon Sir Christopher Hatton's monopoly on wine?

Haha well, Rex is Lex! The king (or mayhap queen) sold you monopolies. If they then sold an overlapping monopoly to someone else, you couldn't do a thing about it. It was also known for the sovereign ...
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What was the likely death toll of the Tudor invasion of ireland?

The Desmond Rebellions According to The Irish History website the Desmond rebellions took an unknown number of lives, but estimated to be "tens of thousands", so I think we can safely say 20,...
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