Jane Seymour

A video by the Historic Royal Palaces charity about Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife.

4 Responses to “Jane Seymour”

  1. Emma says:

    Jane was involved in a plot. The plot to get rid of Anne. Even if she was passive in it she was aware of the consequences of her actions. She also was part of a faction namely her family and their supporters. That she wasn’t seen to be as active as Anne in putting forward their interests was probably down to the fact she knew that Henry would no longer tolerate a wife with her own opinions. She must have gone too far at least once as Henry famously reminded her of the fate of her predecessor when she meddled in politics!
    Although her support of Mary is usually seen as being totally altuistic in also fitted in with her family’s agenda. Most sources point out that she was not nearly as friendly or made anywhere near the same effort with Elizabeth.

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  2. Lexy says:

    Well I sincerely doubt that the “cleverest thing she did – dying oh puerperal fever – was on purpose. I think that she rather hoped to be honored as the heir’s mother, and then as the king’s mother, that little pale schemer. ( I know that Anne was some kind of a schemer too, but she was really smart and passionate, unlike lady Bound to Obey and Serve.

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  3. Cynthia says:

    I think all of Henry’s wives, excepting Catherine of Aragon, were basically caught up in plots they didn’t have a choice of participating in.

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  4. Christine says:

    Much is made out of Henry being buried with Jane, but what other options did he have?
    Henry and Catherine of Aragon’s marriage was dismissed as null and void.
    Anne was executed.
    Jane died giving birth to a son.
    Anne of Cleves he divorced.
    Katherine Howard was executed.
    And Katherine Parr out-lived him and re-married.
    Wouldn’t Jane be the only logical choice?
    I’m just saying…

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