chapter  12
1.3 The nine days’ queen
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From the Duke of Norfolk’s fortified residence at Framlingham, Suffolk, Mary wrote to the Privy Council on 9 July claiming the throne, and sent further letters to the leading conservative figures. A period of confusion followed, with the rivals being proclaimed queen in different towns, in some cases by rival groups in the same town. Northumberland sent his son Robert Dudley in pursuit of Mary, but Dudley failed to find her and Northumberland then followed on 14 July with an army. This was the second of his fatal errors, since he deprived himself of direct influence over the remaining councillors and those others who had signed the letters patent in favour of Jane Grey.