Tudor Queen: Jane Seymour

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Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour, believed to have been born in 1508/09 at Wolf Hall, Wiltshire, and in 1523, became one of the ladies-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon.

In 1533, she was moved to lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn.

On the 10th September 1535, Henry VIII was a guest, at the home of John Seymour at Wolf Hall, and here he would have met the young Jane Seymour, and maybe she made a lasting impression on him.  Then in November Henry started courting Jane.

In January of 1536, Anne Boleyn sees a jewel hanging from Jane’s neck, and pulls it off, discovering it contained a likeness of the King.  Day’s later Jane is discovered by Anne, sitting upon the king’s knee, and accepting his advances.

On the 29th January Anne Boleyn has a still born child, and Catherine of Aragon is buried at Peterborough Cathedral.  Rumours spread that the King was seeking a new wife, one who could give him a son and heir.

In the March, Henry sent Jane Seymour a letter along with a purse of sovereigns.  The letter implied a summons to the King’s bed… Jane returned the sovereigns; her price was one of marriage.

Thomas Cromwell and the Queen had fallen out with each other, and it wasn’t long before Cromwell saw her, as a threat.

In the April, Edward Seymour, Jane’s brother along with his wife, moved into rooms once used by Cromwell.  These rooms contained a secret passage, leading to the King’s apartments, so Henry and Jane could meet in private.

On the 2nd May Anne Boleyn is arrested on charges of treason, brought to trial on the 15th, and found guilty along with fellow conspirators, and executed on the 19th at Tower Green.

On the night of Anne’s execution, Henry travelled up river to Hampton Court, where he met with Jane.  On the very next day, the 20th Jane was conveyed from Chelsea to the King’s lodgings by river, where the pair were betrothed, and married on the 30th May, and Queen Consort of England on the 4th June.

In January of 1537, she rode on horseback with Henry to Greenwich Palace, across the frozen River Thames.

In the spring, Jane announces to Henry, she is with child, as Henry hopes it be a son and heir.

On the 12th October, following a difficult labour, Jane gives birth to a son and heir; Prince Edward, who is christened on the 15th.

On the 24th October 1537, Jane Seymour Queen Consort of England, died at Hampton Court Palace, and buried at St.George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on the 12th November.

Jane Seymour was the only one of King Henry VIII’s six wives to have a Royal Funeral, and buried alongside her husband.

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