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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: LADY JANE GREY, “THE NINE DAYS’ QUEEN,” BEHEADED (1554)


Lady Jane Grey, “The Nine Days’ Queen,” Beheaded (1554)

A tragic figure in English history, Lady Jane Grey was a pretty, intelligent young girl whose life was cut short due to the political machinations of those closest to her. When she was just 15, she was wed to the son of a duke. Her father-in-law then persuaded the dying King Edward VI, still a boy himself, to name Lady Jane his successor. She reigned for just nine days before stepping down. Though she was convicted of high treason, she might never have been executed had her father not done what? More… Discuss

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This Day in the Yesteryear: GERTRUDE OF MERANIA KILLED BY DISCONTENTED HUNGARIAN NOBLES (1213)


Gertrude of Merania Killed by Discontented Hungarian Nobles (1213)

The first wife of Andrew II of Hungary, Gertrude played an active role in the political machinations of his early reign. She used her influence to advance her German relatives at court and gifted Hungarian lands to them, angering the Hungarian nobility and inciting them to action. While her husband was off on a military campaign, Gertrude was murdered by a group of discontented nobles. The unsavory affair served as the inspiration for what Hungarian composer’s famous opera, Bánk bánMore… Discuss

 

Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson on the teaching of the years


“The years teach much which the days never know.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss