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TheExecution of Lady Jane Grey by KristinaGehrmann TheExecution of Lady Jane Grey by KristinaGehrmann
In the Tudor era (and probably in the Middle Ages too) it was customary for the executioner to ask the condemned's forgiveness. It was supposed to show that he held no malice towards the victim; that he was only an extension of the law doing his job. By granting forgiveness the condemned also had a chance of showing magnanimity in the face of death, thus leaving a good impression on the spectators.
Lady Jane Grey forgave her executioner, as did Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard before her.

Who was Lady Jane Grey? She was designated queen by young king Edward Seymour (the son and successor of Henry VIII, as you remember).
But when he died in 1553, she managed to be queen for only about 2 weeks, because Henry's daughter Mary Tudor had many supporters and so became queen the same year.
The 17 year old Lady Jane Grey, though she didn't plot against Queen Mary herself, became a symbol of resistance and Protestantism and so became dangerous to the Catholic politics of Mary. Queen Mary had her executed for "high treason" in 1554.

You can read the entire story on Wikipedia here: [link]

Even today historians aren't sure if she had a legitimate claim to the throne or not, so she's usually not included in a line-up of English regents.

Hmm. That's quite a lot of death scenes in my portfolio so far. Perhaps I should paint a birth some time...! Nevermind. The next painting, of course, is going to feature Mary Tudor ("the Catholic" or "Bloody Mary" depending on whose side you're on).

Photoshop and Wacom tablet as always, took about 30 hours or so. (Social life? What's that? XD)
Wood and brick wall textures snatched from .
Screaming guy referenced from ~alastock - [link]
Lady-in-waiting referenced from `lockstock - [link]
Special thanks to the folks on for kicking my butt :heart:

WIP can be seen here: [link]

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Great, but Jane seymour died in childbirth.
StealthNerd Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, but this painting isn't of Jane Seymour. It's of Jane Grey.
Well thought and researched premise for an artistic piece! APPLAUSE!! Clap 
Wow, this reminds me of the Old Masters' work.. very impressive!
great story surrounding this, and great depiction of the scene
Fafnirr Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Tudor era's. I read all books about it... It is an amazing era of UK History, and tjis paint is gorgeous! I love it :D
I'm surprised to see a Lady Jane painting. This is a great painting. I'll have to show my sister, she was really into studying Lady Jane. She even dressed up as her for a school project.
AnjaDiPaolo Jun 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I SO love this artwork! Light and storytelling are really strong. :heart:
KristinaGehrmann Jun 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
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