Upon the death of King Henry VIII, the matter of royal succession throws England into chaos. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, John Dudley, a Protestant minister, arranges for the marriage of his son, Guildford (Cary Elwes), to Lady Jane Grey (Helena Bonham Carter), the King's fifteen year-old great niece. Although first hostile to each other, Guildford and Jane soon fall in love. However, their peace is threatened when Henry's legitimate daughter Princess Mary, by his first wife, the Catholic Catherine of Aragon, and her supporters rally around and crown her Queen. The film chronicles, fairly accurately, Jane's growth, during her extremely short reign, from a bookish intellectual to a confident, and politically progressive young woman who refuses to conform to the religious hypocrisies of 16th Century England.
This film is rated PG-13.