By James D. Taylor Jr.
Trying to tell our figuring out of 1 of history's such a lot poignant, little-known heroines, Taylor has pulled jointly all of woman Jane's literary continues to be, together with a few that may be apocryphal.
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Alas, how ill-calculated am I for it! Young, inexperienced in the world, who have been brought up in retirement, and infinitely prefer the joys of a private and domestic life, to all the dangerous and fatiguing glories of greatness. In vain are all my remonstrance’s, all my tears are fruitless, and I have no resource left but to supplicate Heaven to spare Edward’s life! and no other employment but to assist, with the rest of the young Nobility around him, by every tender office of friendship, to amuse the wearisome house of sickness and languor.
Now aged fifteen, Jane was unaware of any marriage plans and gave no hint of them. Curiously, in the seventh paragraph Jane mentions the “the bare possibility of being queen,” indicating that she was aware of the original order of succession Henry VIII had laid out, but not of the recent changes. How painful, my dearest friend and cousin, is this our first separation! — in vain does nature, in the delightful dress of May, present her opening charms to my senses, and endeavor to com- 21 Chapter 1.
As the wedding date of May 21 approached, Edward’s physicians announced that he was too weak to attend. Edward’s deep affection and high regard for his cousin made his inability to attend difficult for him. 35 Chapter 1. Pre-Reign Period At her wedding, Lady Jane wore a headdress of green velvet, set round with precious stones. She wore a gown of cloth of gold and a mantle of silver tissue. Her hair hung down her back, combed and plaited in a curious fashion then unknown to ladies of quality. This arrangement was said to have been devised by Mrs.