TheExecution of Lady Jane Grey by KristinaGehrmann on DeviantArt
In the Tudor era (and probably in the Middle Ages too) it was customary for the executioner to ask the condemned's forgiveness. It was supposed to show ... TheExecution of Lady Jane Grey
A Prayer from the Dying
February 12, 1554: Lady Jane Grey Born. 18 years old, and Queen of England for only 9 days, Jane was almost entirely blameless of the crimes of which she was accused. Her scheming relatives had put her on the throne, and, in fact, it wasn't all that far-fetched. Edward VI had named her as his heir. But, in the end, it all boiled down to who could grasp the throne -- and keep it.
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I had freckles. I had sandy hair. I was too short. Would my feet even touch the ground if I sat on the throne? These are the words of lady Jane Grey, as imagined by celebrated author Ann Rinaldi. Jane