Queen Jane Seymour
Third wife of King Henry VIII
Timeline of Jane Seymour
Queen Jane Seymour - Third wife of King Henry VIII
Jane Seymour was the third wife of King Henry VIII of England. The life story of this Tudor woman who supplanted Anne Boleyn and provided a male heir for the Tudor dynasty is one of the most famous of the Tudor period. The motto of Jane Seymour was 'Bound to Obey and Serve'.
Short Biography, Facts and Information about the Life of Queen Jane Seymour
This short biography and information about Jane Seymour provides basic facts about her life:
- Nationality: English
- Position and Role: Third wife King Henry VIII and mother of Edward VI
- Lifespan: 1503 - 1537
- Married: 30 May 1536
- Motto: The motto chosen by Jane Seymour was 'Bound to Obey and Serve'.
- Family connections: Third wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Edward VI. Her mother was called Sir John Seymour and her mother was Margery Wentworth
- Jane Seymour was the eldest of eight children including Edward Seymour and Thomas Seymour
- Religion: Catholic then Protestant
- The Death of Jane Seymour: She died 24 October 1537
Marriage Overview: King Henry VIII met his third wife, Jane Seymour, at the English court where she was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn. She married him because she was probably in love with him and was urged to do so by her ambitious Seymour brothers.
Description of Queen Jane Seymour
The description of Jane Seymour: Jane Seymour had fair, a pale complexion and she was of medium height. Her character was the opposite of Anne Boleyn the woman she supplanted. Her character can be described as meek, mild, quiet, shy, modest, obedient and even tempered. The motto of Jane Seymour was 'Bound to Obey and Serve'.
Early Life of Jane Seymour
The early Life of Jane Seymour: Jane Seymour was born at the Seymour family estate at Wolf Hall in Wiltshire, England. The parents of Jane Seymour were Sir John Seymour and Margery Wentworth. Jane Seymour was the eldest of eight children including Edward Seymour and Thomas Seymour. The Seymour children were well educated at home and Jane Seymour was sent to France to finish her education as a young girl. When Jane returned to England and she fisrt entered the service of Mary Tudor. Jane Seymour then was appointed lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon to whom she became a loyal servant.
Jane Seymour - Lady-in-Waiting
When Catherine of Aragon was discarded by King Henry VIII Jane Seymour moved to the service of the new Queen, Anne Boleyn. However, Jane's sympathies, like many members of the English court, were with Catherine of Aragon. The relationship between King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn turned to hate and Henry turned his eye to a woman who was the complete opposite of Anne Boleyn - her lady-in-waiting Jane Seymour. King Henry VIII started to court Jane Seymour. Henry visited her at the Seymour family home at Wolf Hall. He sent her gifts ( which she prudently returned ). The relationship between King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour was not a secret, although it was initially conducted in a discreet fashion. Jane was initially chaperoned by close members of her family.
King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour
On January 7 1536 Catherine of Aragon died at Kimbolton Castle. Queen Anne Boleyn, not King Henry, was blamed for her poor treatment in her final years. Her death made the marriage of Jane and Henry possible if he could also rid himself of Queen Anne Boleyn. By February 1536 rumours started circulating and foreign ambassadors began to speculate on the futures of both Queen Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour. During February or March 1536 Jane Seymour became pregnant. In April 1536 the brother of Jane, Edward Seymour and his wife were moved to rooms which were connected through a secret passage to the king's apartments which allowed King Henry VIII private access to Jane Seymour. Jane Seymour, supported by her ambitious brothers, seized her opportunity and insisted on marriage. Anne Boleyn is reputed to have burst in on her husband King Henry and found Jane Seymour sitting on his lap. She apparently tore a miniature portrait of King Henry from the neck of Jane Seymour.
Jane Seymour plans her wedding
There was turmoil at the Tudor court. Men who had attended Queen Anne Boleyn mysteriously disappeared. The news filtered through that they had been arrested. These men were accused of treason and adultery with Queen Anne Boleyn. Queen Anne Boleyn was then arrested, accused of adultery, witchcraft and incest with her brother. A trial followed and she was executed along with the men who had also been accused. Anne died a horrible death by beheading. During this terrible time for Queen Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour must have been planning her wedding.
Queen Jane Seymour and her son Edward
Queen Jane Seymour and her son Edward: Jane Seymour married King Henry VIII and was declared the new Queen of England. Queen Jane Seymour then gave birth to the longed-for son and heir. King Henry was delighted and grand celebrations were planned for the christening of his son who became King Edward VI. The birth of their son proved to King Henry that his previous marriages were cursed. His two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, by his previous marriages were declared illegitimate. Queen Jane Seymour was allowed little time for rest after the birth and she died twelve days after giving birth to her son from puerperal fever.
The Death of Jane Seymour, Queen of England
The Death of Jane Seymour, Queen of England was due to the lack of care which was shown to her after the birth of Edward. Queen Jane Seymour was allowed little time for rest after the birth and she died just twelve days after giving birth to her son from puerperal fever on 24 October 1537. Jane Seymour was accorded a state funeral and Princess Mary acted as a chief mourner. Queen Jane Seymour was laid to rest at St George's Chapel. The body of King Henry VIII was interred with Queen Jane Seymour, the beloved mother of his son and heir
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