Re: Two days before the Coronation
- --- In email@example.com, "candy_rashelle_mason"
> Mary quickly responded thensteped away and waited for Catherine to
>"I know that we--all of us Grey sisters-- shall make fine matches at
your Court, Your Grace. And you, of course, as a Queen, shall make the
grandest match of all. Tis only a matter of time before we all are wed,
and great with child.", Catherine replied, her eyes bright. She was
more than ready for the marriage bed, despite her young age.
- Catherine Grey also heard that her sister was with child, and she was raging with curiosity about it.. she couldn't imagine what it would be like to have a babe inside you.... or what it felt like when a man put it there.... she flushed and became warm.... if ever a maiden was ready and willing to go to the marriage bed, it was Catherine...
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Catalina" <annagold_us@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, "candy_rashelle_mason" <candy_rashelle_mason@> wrote:
> > A messenger arrived form the tower. He held in his hand a letter from the doctor who did look at the lady Jane. He brought it to the queen timidly and then left. The letter contained the findings of his examination. And how he was almost sure that the lady Jane was with child.
> Queen Mary was still at the banquet when this messanger arrived with this letter. She fingered it as she looked at the Duchess Elizabeth Stafford of Norfolk. She was sitting at her table, just finishing with the meal. The Duchess of Norfolk was on her left, the Lady Mary Grey was on her right. The Duchess of Suffolk was on the other side of the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk and the Lady Catherine Grey was beside her. The Dowager Duchess of Somerset was on the other side of the Lady Mary Grey and beside her was Mistress Susan. Something told her not to open it, thought the Queen, but then she must. So she slowly did and she read its contents. Her eyes popped out of her head and she dropped the letter and gripped the table but she must retain her calm. She was Queen.
> The Duchess of Norfolk and the Dowager Duchess of Somerset got up and both said, in usion, "Your Majesty!! Your Majesty!!
> The Duchess of Norfolk continued, "What ails Your Majesty, I am right here."
> Queen Mary smiled at Elizabeth Stafford, dear Elizabeth Stafford who hath been there for her mother, Queen Katherine of Aragon. She whispered into the Duchess of Norfolk's ears. "The Lady Jane Dudley is with child." The Queen did not wish to say it too loud for the Duchess of Suffolk was close by but the Lady Mary Grey heard.
> The Duchess of Norfolk said, "She is." Oh my God, she thought, this is horrible. "Your Majesty, do you wish to retire?"
> A part of her did wish to leave, thought Queen Mary but she was Queen and she was needed here. She did not want the Court to think that anything was amiss. She would stay a while longer and then, she would go to her rooms and think and pace and then she would order the Lieutant of the Tower to get those two ready that she may visit with them. It was certainly convienient that she herself was in the Tower as well as was the custom for the monarch to be before his or her Coronation.
> TAG Lady Mary Grey, Duchess of Suffolk, Lady Catherine Grey