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* LettingHerHairDown: Jane usually has her hair under ornate 16th-century {{Nice Hat}}s, or done up into a bun. But after she and Guilford fall in love, she lets her long hair hang loose.

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* LettingHerHairDown: Jane usually has her hair under ornate 16th-century {{Nice Hat}}s, hats, or done up into a bun. But after she and Guilford fall in love, she lets her long hair hang loose.


** Jane argues with Feckenhem about the Catholic view of the holy wafer, smugly using contradictory examples. Later, when Feckenhem tries to convince Jane to convert to catholicalism (to save her life), Jane repeats her examples, this time in tears.

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** Jane argues with Feckenhem about the Catholic view of the holy wafer, smugly using contradictory examples. Later, when Feckenhem tries to convince Jane to convert to catholicalism Catholicism (to save her life), Jane repeats her examples, this time in tears.



* ShownTheirWork: A lot of this movie is factionalized, but the bit at Jane's execution where she can't find the block to grab on to because she's blindfolded comes directly from history.

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* ShownTheirWork: A lot of this movie is factionalized, fictionalized, but the bit at Jane's execution where she can't find the block to grab on to because she's blindfolded comes directly from history.



* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Technically she was already famous being a princess and all...but Elizabeth Tudor is seen as a teenager at King Edward's court, playing with a doll, long before anyone imagined that she might become queen.

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* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Technically she was already famous famous, being a princess and all...but Elizabeth Tudor is seen as a teenager at King Edward's court, playing with a doll, long before anyone imagined that she might become queen.


** Jane quotes to Dr. Feckenhem Plato's words about the death of Socrates. After Jane's execution, Feckenhem makes the quote in memory of her.

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** Jane quotes to Dr. Feckenhem Plato's words word about the death of Socrates.Socrates to Dr. Feckenhem. After Jane's execution, Feckenhem makes the quote in memory of her.



** Dudley promises Frances that Guilford can be controlled. Later, when Queen Jane and Guilford overrule and depose John of influence, Frances repeats his previous words in sarcasm.
** Before they are summoned to court for the coronation, Guilford and Jane make a plan to run away where no one can touch them. In their last hour together before their execution, they repeat their plans, believing their fate will achieve their wish.

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** Dudley Northumberland promises Frances that Guilford can be controlled. Later, when Queen Jane and Guilford overrule and depose John Northumberland of influence, Frances repeats his previous words in sarcasm.
** Before they are summoned to court for the coronation, Guilford and Jane make a plan to run away where no one can touch them. In Later, in their last hour together before their execution, executions, they repeat their plans, words, believing their fate will achieve their wish.


* BerserkButton: Although compassionate to Jane and understanding her innocence over Northumberland's scheme, the fact that Jane did upset her path to the succession causes her to make a momentary rebuke.

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* BerserkButton: Mary and her succession to the throne. Although she is compassionate to Jane and understanding understands her innocence over Northumberland's scheme, the fact that she is rather cross over Jane did upset temporarily supplanting her path to the succession causes her to make a momentary rebuke.position.


* EsotericHappyEnding: Mary walks triumphantly for her forthcoming marriage to Philip II. Too bad she's headed for one unhappy marriage, an hysterical pregnancy, and everyone expecting her to die so Elizabeth can succeed her.


** EsotericEnding: Mary walks triumphantly for her forthcoming marriage to Philip II. Too bad she's headed for one unhappy marriage.

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** EsotericEnding: * EsotericHappyEnding: Mary walks triumphantly for her forthcoming marriage to Philip II. Too bad she's headed for one unhappy marriage.marriage, an hysterical pregnancy, and everyone expecting her to die so Elizabeth can succeed her.

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* BerserkButton: Although compassionate to Jane and understanding her innocence over Northumberland's scheme, the fact that Jane did upset her path to the succession causes her to make a momentary rebuke.


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** EsotericEnding: Mary walks triumphantly for her forthcoming marriage to Philip II. Too bad she's headed for one unhappy marriage.


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* IronicEcho: There are several:
** Jane quotes to Dr. Feckenhem Plato's words about the death of Socrates. After Jane's execution, Feckenhem makes the quote in memory of her.
** Jane argues with Feckenhem about the Catholic view of the holy wafer, smugly using contradictory examples. Later, when Feckenhem tries to convince Jane to convert to catholicalism (to save her life), Jane repeats her examples, this time in tears.
** Dudley promises Frances that Guilford can be controlled. Later, when Queen Jane and Guilford overrule and depose John of influence, Frances repeats his previous words in sarcasm.
** Before they are summoned to court for the coronation, Guilford and Jane make a plan to run away where no one can touch them. In their last hour together before their execution, they repeat their plans, believing their fate will achieve their wish.
* KarmaHoudini: Frances.


* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Technically she was already famous being a princess and all...but Elizabeth Tudor is seen as a teenager at King Edward's court, playing with a doll, long before anyone imagined that she might become queen.

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* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Technically she was already famous being a princess and all...but Elizabeth Tudor is seen as a teenager at King Edward's court, playing with a doll, long before anyone imagined that she might become queen.queen.
** That girl might be Katherine, Jane’s sister.

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* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: Lady Jane Grey looked nothing like Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter (except for being extremely short). Contemporary accounts say that she was a mildly pretty redhead with freckles.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Lord Guilford Dudley. In the film, despite his bad boy persona, he's actually a virgin with a passion for social justice. While Guilford has a well-established historical reputation for being a {{jerkass}}, actual evidence indicates he was as much a helpless pawn as Jane herself. The film has him falling in love with Jane (and she with him). In reality they seem to have been willing to tolerate each other; Jane's real problem was with her new father-in-law. The story goes that Guildford requested a final interview with Jane before their executions which she refused on the grounds it would only upset them both.

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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Subverted hard. Jane, who has no idea that her father-in-law has been plotting, looks around in a "who, me" manner after Dudley says the crown will go to "your Grace". She then tries to leave before her parents grab her and basically force her to walk to the throne. Then she's crying and saying she has "no right" as the crown is put on her head.
* CallBack: When Jane's parents are expressing skepticism about Guilford, Dudley tells them "I can control him. He can be controlled." Jane's mother Frances spits these words back at Dudley as an emboldened Jane and Guilford have put forth their own program of political reform and upset Dudley's plans.
* DownerEnding: Poor unfortunate Lady Jane Grey, a pawn manipulated by people who abused her, is executed.


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** As they are enjoying wedded bliss and talking about going away and living somewhere as commoners, Guilford says ruefully, "I don't think my parents will let us stay like this." This is followed by Dudley's men arriving to take them back to London, to make Jane queen.
* HaveIMentionedIAmSexuallyActiveToday: At their first meeting Guilford makes a point of telling Jane that he was pulled out of a bed he was sharing with a hooker in a brothel. Later, after Jane and Guilford make love for the first time, he admits that he was passed out drunk in the hooker's bed and, in fact, he was still a virgin when they got married.
* IdiotBall: Dudley executes a coup to bypass Mary and install his daughter-in-law as Queen of England...but he fails to put Mary in custody. Instead she escapes, raises an army in the span of a week, and takes power.


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* PunctuatedForEmphasis: When Henry Grey goes off to start a rebellion to free his daughter, Jane's mother Frances tries to talk him out of it, pointing out that "We. Are. Alive." Henry ignores her and gets both himself and Jane executed.


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* ShownTheirWork: A lot of this movie is factionalized, but the bit at Jane's execution where she can't find the block to grab on to because she's blindfolded comes directly from history.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Dudley is shown in the movie reacting to news that Mary will pardon anyone who returns to Catholicism, by saying "Hail Mary" and crossing himself. The viewer might assume that Dudley the duplicitous weasel saved his skin. In fact, while Dudley ''did'' embrace the Catholic faith again, he was still executed.


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* TimePassesMontage: A love montage shows Jane and Guilford going on an OldFashionedRowboatDate, and horseback riding, and doing other romantic stuff, before Dudley's people come and ruin everything.

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''Lady Jane'' is a 1986 film directed by Trevor Nunn.

It's a biopic of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Jane_Grey Lady Jane Grey]] (1537-1554), famously Queen of England for nine days before she was overthrown and eventually executed. The film opens with Lady Jane (Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, in her first starring role) as a teenaged girl living in the gilded cage that is the British aristocracy. She seems to be fond of another teenager, King Edward VI, and and if things had worked out differently they might have been married. But as it happens, King Edward is sick. In fact, he's dying.

This presents a big problem to John Dudley, Lord President of the Council and the man running the country in Edward VI's minority. Not only will Dudley certainly lose power, as a Protestant he might well lose his life as the presumptive heir to the throne, Princess Mary, is Catholic. So in an effort to maintain his grip on the throne, he forces Lady Jane to marry his dissolute son Guilford (Creator/CaryElwes). Jane and Guilford initially loathe each other, but their marriage soon turns into a love match.

Their blissful happiness is interrupted when King Edward VI finally does kick the bucket. That's when the second part of Dudley's plan comes into play. He produces a document that he badgered King Edward into signing, a document which bypassed Edward's sisters Mary and Elizabeth, in favor of Edward's cousin and great-granddaughter of Henry VII...Lady Jane Grey. Lady Jane, only sixteen, is completely shocked when she is crowned Queen of England.

Things don't go well.

Creator/PatrickStewart plays Jane's father, Henry Grey the Duke of Suffolk, who cooperates with Dudley to bully his daughter into marriage and place her on the throne.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Quite a bit.
** The central theme of the tragic romance between Jane and Guilford is fictional. They barely knew each other and didn't spend that much time together before Jane was made queen.
** Guilford is made out to be a left-wing radical who wants to democratize England and give the people land and power and free schools. Jane enthusiastically backs him, and this is implied to be why the Council flips to supporting Mary. This is all fictional. In RealLife, it was simply a matter of the Council deciding that they had backed the wrong horse.
** The 1554 rebellion was not to return Jane to power; the rebels supported Princess Elizabeth, the Protestant with a better claim. Nor did Spain demand Jane's execution as the price of Queen Mary's marriage to Prince Phillip, although it is true that the rebellion did lead Mary to execute Jane.
** Then there's the whole idea that Dudley orchestrated the proclamation from a sick Edward VI passing over his sisters and designating Lady Jane Grey as his heir, strong-arming a dying king into signing. While that was commonly believed for a very long time, in reality King Edward himself was fully on board with bypassing his sisters and designating Jane. Mary was Catholic which ruled her out and Elizabeth's legitimacy was debatable which in Edward's eyes ruled her out too.
* AsYouKnow: One of the first scenes has Sir John Gates observe to Dudley that he's in charge now. Dudley wonders what he's in charge of, and then launches into a spiel where he tells Sir John a lot of things Sir John already knows about the House of Tudor and the political situation--King Edward, King Edward's two sisters, how Henry VIII's older sister married into the Scottish royal family and took herself out of the running, and where Lady Jane Grey fits in as granddaughter of Henry VIII's younger sister. He even breaks out a genealogical chart.
* GilliganCut:
** When Dudley is trying to sell his son Guilford to Jane's parents, he calls Guilford "a quiet and studious boy" and says that at the moment he's probably either at books or praying. The movie then cuts to Guilford playing dice and getting drunk in some seedy commoner tavern.
* LettingHerHairDown: Jane usually has her hair under ornate 16th-century {{Nice Hat}}s, or done up into a bun. But after she and Guilford fall in love, she lets her long hair hang loose.
* LonelyRichKid: Jane lives in luxury but her life is not particularly pleasant. Her father belittles her fondness for books, insulting her in front of the whole court and implying that she should be spending more time seducing Edward VI. Her mother savagely canes her when Jane refuses to get married. When Dr. Feckenham the priest is impressed by the pleasure Jane takes in reading Plato in Greek, she tearfully says "It is my only pleasure."
* MarriageBeforeRomance: Jane and Guilford are forced into marriage against their will, and Guilford gets so drunk he passes out on the wedding night. They then fall in love.
* MatchCut: There's a match cut between the ax swinging to chop Somerset's head off, to Sir John Gates shaking dust off his cloak as he reports back to Dudley.
* OffWithHisHead: The film begins with the decapitation of Edward VI's uncle the Duke of Somerset, which allowed Dudley to take power. It ends with Lady Jane getting decapitated.
* OldFashionedRowboatDate: Guilford rows Jane down a river as part of the falling-in-love montage.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: After a rocky start Jane's and Guilford's becomes one. This backfires on Dudley when, together, Jane and Guilford prove harder to control.
* RoyalWe: Edward uses it, saying stuff like "We would like to speak, madam, to our cousin Jane alone." Jane also uses it when she actually tries to assert power during her extremely brief reign.
* SuccessionCrisis: An extremely messy one, with King Edward kicking the bucket while still a teenager and without children, leaving behind a Catholic sister (in newly Protestant England) and a Protestant sister (who may not be legitimate), and a letter disinheriting them both and designating a cousin that nobody in the country's even heard of.
* TheTalk: Averted, as Jane's governess only has time to say "My lady, are you sure you understand--", before Jane cuts her off and goes into her bridal bed with Guilford.
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Technically she was already famous being a princess and all...but Elizabeth Tudor is seen as a teenager at King Edward's court, playing with a doll, long before anyone imagined that she might become queen.

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