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The Writing on the Wall

Lady Jane Grey, we hardly knew ye: Today in 1553, Henry VIII’s oldest daughter Mary was proclaimed queen. The Nine-Day Queen, Lady Jane, was imprisoned in the Tower and not executed until the following February! The poor girl.

This bit of graffiti is thought by some to have been made by her husband, Lord Guildford Dudley, while he was imprisoned in Beauchamp (“BEECH-um”) Tower; Guildford was executed the day before his wife.

And should you be craving some more graffiti from days gone by, there are 8 fascinating minutes right here for you.  The close-ups on the “Jane” graffiti begin at 4:34, for those rushed for time, but the entire piece is worth watching.

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