Queen Jane Seymour Tudor: facts, history, life, biography - Wife of Henry VIII

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Jane Seymour was the 3rd wife of Henry VIII. She was Henry's favorite because she gave birth to Edward VI the long awaited male heir to the English throne. She was very popular with the people.

Jane Seymour was the eldest child of Sir John Seymour of Wolf Hall, Savernake, Wiltshire. She was sister to Thomas Seymour. She was a lady in waiting to both Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn.

On September 10, 1535, Henry visited Jane's father at Wolf Hall. After which, Henry began to pay attention to Jane at court. Henry's current wife, Anne Boleyn, was extremely jealous.

It was said that Jane was not beautiful, but  intelligent with a quiet disposition. She was the opposite of Anne Boleyn who was arrogant and belligerent. Jane played the same game Anne had played to get Henry to marry her. She refused to be the King's mistress. A relative was present every time Henry visited Jane until they were married.

Anne Boleyn was executed for treason on May 19, 1536. On May 30, Henry married Jane in private.

Queen Jane of England

Jane was kind to Mary, Catharine of Aragon's daughter and was instrumental at bringing her back into the King's favor. Jane was Catholic and supported their cause. When Henry ordered an army to destroy the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion, Jane publicly asked Henry to consider their demands. The Pilgrimage of Grace was a rebellion against the dissolution of the monasteries. Henry told Jane to mind her tongue or she could end up like Anne who had tried to meddle in politics. Jane never again said anything to Henry about his policies.

She gave birth to Edward VI on October 12, 1537 and died on October 24 from complications of childbirth. Later, when Henry was married to Catherine Parr, a family portrait was painted which showed Henry, Mary, Elizabeth, Edward and Jane who had long been dead. Henry was buried next to Jane in St George's Chapel Windsor Castle.

Common Questions and Answers

Question: How did Jane Seymour die? Answer: Complications from Childbirth

Question: What was the name of the child Jane Seymour had? Answer: Edward


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Weir, Alison, The Six Wives of Henry VIII,  Grove Press (April 2000)

Weir, Alison, Henry VIII: The King and His Court Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (October 29, 2002)