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
- 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.
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
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 -
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
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
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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