Lady Jane Grey: why do we want to believe the myth?

The image of Lady Jane Grey, the abused child-woman and 'nine days queen', is encapsulated in a fraud. Why are we so keen to believe in an innocent, virginal Jane, asks Leanda de Lisle

Lady Jane Grey's execution, as imagined by painter Paul Delaroche in 1833. (Photo by VCG Wilson/Corbis via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the March 2010 issue of BBC History Magazine

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