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Plain Jane is No Name for Reign?

The name of “Jane” is firmly established in history. There are many colorful characters and beloved figures who’ve carried that name, but it is not the best choice for those of aristocracy. Take the following, for example:

  • Lady Jane Grey- Decapitated at the Tower of London for treason.
  • Jane Seymour- Died from childbirth.
  • Jane (or Joan) Beaufort- Wife of James I, brutally murdered.
  • Jane of Burgundy- wife of Philippe le Long- imprisoned in 1314 for adultry.
  • Jane of Flanders and Jane of Penthivre- War of the 2 Janes in the Fourteenth Century.
  • Jane of France- Louis XII confronted her for being ugly.
  • Jane d’ Albert- Mother of Henri IV of France, poisoned.
  • Jane, Countless of Hainult- Imprisoned at the Battle of Bouvines in 1214.
  • Jane Henriquez- wife of John II. She made war between her husband and son (Caldonians).
  • Jane the Imbecile of Castile- She became mad due to husband’s neglect.
  • Jane I of Naples- Married Andrew of Hungary- She was murdered.

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