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1. The fates of the three Grey sisters - Jane, Katherine and Mary - were bound up in their heritage, and specifically in their claim to the English throne. Why were these girls possible royal heirs?
2. When Henry VIII's son, Edward VI, died, there was an immediate succession crisis. Henry VIII had named Edward's sister Mary the next heir, but Edward named Jane Grey. Whatever happened to Lady Jane?
3. Katherine and her older sister Jane actually married at the same time, in May of 1553. What happened to Katherine's marriage when it became clear that Jane would not be Queen?
4. Mary I ruled for five years and then died in 1558, leaving the throne to her half-sister Elizabeth I. Elizabeth didn't name an heir, but the sisters Katherine and Mary Grey were next in line according to Henry VIII's will. Why were they more appealing heirs to the most powerful English nobles than their Scottish cousins?
5. As heir presumptive to Elizabeth I, Katherine Grey had to be exquisitely careful to obey the Queen's wishes and avoid entanglement in conspiracies - real or imagined. But as a young woman at court, it was only natural for her to fall in love. Whom did Katherine secretly marry, while awaiting permission from the Queen?
6. Eventually, inevitably, Katherine Grey's secret marriage was found out. How was it discovered?
7. The discovery of Katherine Grey's secret marriage was a catastrophe. She was imprisoned in the Tower of London; when he returned from his voyage abroad, her husband was sent there too, to different rooms. Yet the Tower was not entirely bleak. What unexpected, happy event took place there?
8. After their unlucky start, what happened to Katherine Grey and her little family?
9. The youngest Grey sister, Mary, also lived at court, also found love, and also feared she'd never get royal permission to marry. Whom did Mary wed in secret?
10. When Elizabeth I discovered Mary Grey's secret marriage, the happy couple was in terrible trouble. Mary's husband was sent to the notorious Fleet prison. What happened to Mary?
Source: Author CellarDoor
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