[MR] Wikipedia: Lady Catherine Grey

Garth Groff via Atlantia atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org
Fri Aug 25 02:29:48 PDT 2017

Noble Friends,

On this date in 1540, Lady Katherine Grey was born to Henry Grey, 1st 
Duke of Suffolk, and his wife Lady Frances Grey (nee Brandon). They 
Greys had a claim on the throne of England second only to the reigning 
Tudors, being descended from Mary Tudor, youngest daughter of Henry VII 
and Elizabeth of York. This was not a comfortable status, as Catherine's 
older sister Lady Jane Grey discovered. Like her sisters, Katherine was 
a pawn in the byzantine intrigues of the Elizabethan court, and suffered 
greatly because of her blood.

Lady Katherine Grey had been married to William Herbert, 1st Earl of 
Pembroke. When Lady Jane Grey was executed, Pembroke maneuvered to have 
Archbishop Cranmer annual his own marriage, so Pembroke could keep his head.

Her second marriage was a secret union with Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of 
Hertford. When Queen Elizabeth found out about the marriage, she had 
Katherine imprisoned in the Tower of London. Katherine was to spend the 
rest of her short life in custody, though secret trysts with her husband 
in the Tower produced two offspring. One of Katherine's children, Edward 
Seymour, Lord Beauchamp, is an ancestor of the current House of Windsor.

You can read more about Katherine Grey's sad life at 

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge

More information about the Atlantia mailing list