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MatthewJTaylor

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Was Lady Jane Grey the legitimate Queen of England?

If she were, what bearing would this have on the succession?

Would her legitimacy undermine the union of the crowns?


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I don't believe she ever was. Unlike his father Henry VIII, Edward VI had had no power conferred on him by Parliament to alter the succession. And he was in any case a minor, with no formal power to determine anything at all. His Devise for the Succession I therefore regard as entirely invalid, leaving the Lady Mary and after her the Lady Elizabeth as his lawful heirs. The other two questions therefore need no reply. It is true that on a strict reading of the law James I was not the lawful successor of Elizabeth, but the overwhelming support his accession was given by Parliament and people alike in my view validates his reign more than sufficiently. Had the same been true for Lady Jane then her reign too would have been validated, but unfortunately for her and the plotters who put her in place it was not true at all.
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 It is true that on a strict reading of the law James I was not the lawful successor of Elizabeth,
who was then the lawful successor, if i may ask?
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You may, but it's not an easy question to answer. This post explains why. The difficulty in determining just who was the lawful successor will I imagine have been a factor easing the way for James I, who at least was the inarguable primogeniture heir, exclusions aside.
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