When 15 year old King Edward VI was dying he nominated his cousin Lady Jane Grey to succeed him on the throne of England, therefore invalidating the claims of his half-sisters Mary and Elizabeth. Lady Jane reluctantly took the throne, only to be ousted by Mary and her followers after nine days of rule, she was convicted of high treason and executed.
Lady Jane Grey Dudley (Helena Bonham Carter) and Guilford Dudley
as portrayed in the 1986 film 'Lady Jane'
Lady Jane, who is commonly referred to as the 'Nine Days' Queen' is one of those historical figures I really admire, she was such a steadfast and inspirational person. She was only 16 or 17 at the time of her execution however she never gave into the pressure to change what she believed in.
This beautiful yet tragic poem below was written by Lady Jane, four days before she was executed: