Lady Catherine Grey

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Lady Catherine Grey (also "Katherine") (25 August 1540 – 26 January 1568), Countess of Hertford, was the younger sister of Lady Jane Grey and a cousin of Elizabeth I of England. As a granddaughter of Mary Tudor, Queen of France, the younger sister of King Henry VIII, she had a strong claim to the English throne. Through her secret marriage with Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of Hertford, she incurred the enduring wrath of Queen Elizabeth and lived in captivity until her death. In 1603, her son Edward's claim to the throne was passed over in favour of James VI of Scotland.

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Family

She was born at Bradgate Park in the vicinity of Leicester. She was the second surviving daughter of Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk and Lady Frances Brandon, and the younger sister of Lady Jane Grey and older sister of Lady Mary Grey. Catherine Grey's maternal grandparents were Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk and Mary Tudor, former Queen consort of France.[1] She was also considered the most beautiful of the Grey sisters.[citation needed]

First marriage

Catherine was married to Henry Herbert, son of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke at Durham House on 21 May 1553, the same day as her sister Jane was married to Guilford Dudley. After the wedding, Catherine went to live with her husband at Baynard's Castle on the Thames.[2] As the attempt to put Lady Jane Grey on the throne of England was ending in disaster, the Earl of Pembroke sought to distance himself from the Grey family and cast out Catherine from his home and had her marriage annulled.[3]Catherine's father and her sister Jane were both executed for high treason in February 1554 by the orders of Queen Mary I.

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