On this day in history, Edward VI, after battling a mysterious illness for several months, died at Greenwich Castle at the tender age of sixteen. He left behind a divided country and a very surprised also-sixteen-year-old girl on the throne of England. His cousin, Lady Jane Grey, became an impromptu queen almost overnight, and she'd go on to rule England . . . for approximately nine days.
A nine day reign. Yep. It's got to be some kind of record for the shortest rule EVER.
History is a huge downer in this regard, but we Lady Janies want to take this time to celebrate Jane's nine day stint on the throne. We're going to be hosting an event starting this week called JANE'S REIGN, where every day of Lady Jane Grey's reign of England, from July 9 to July 18, we'll present some exclusive Jane-related content, a contest, and a giveaway.
Here's some of the good stuff we have planned:
A liveTweet watching of THE PRINCESS BRIDE
A contest to make Edward's poisoned blackberry pie
The Janies competing to see who has the best English accent
Jane's library: Come up with more silly titles for Jane's books
A lesson in Tudor fashion
The real Guildford Dudley versus our very own G
A liveTweet of the old 80s movie with a very young and hot Cary Elwes, LADY JANE
A scavenger hunt for easter eggs from our favorite fantasies
and much more!
So check back on July 9 for Jane's Reign, and tell your friends! And come back EVERY DAY until July 18 to see what goodies we have in store for you!