24 October 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour dies

| October 24, 2015

24 October 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour dies

On 24th October 1537 Queen Jane Seymour, third wife of King Henry VIII, died from what is thought to be puerperal (childbed) fever. Her son, the future King Edward VI, had been born on 12th October 1537 after a long and difficult labour but Jane seemed fine until around 17th October, when she was taken […]

Did Jane Seymour have a C-section?

| October 12, 2015

Did Jane Seymour have a C-section?

Today is the anniversary of the birth of King Edward VI and every year, without fail, I see comments on social media about how he was born by a caesarean section and that Queen Jane Seymour’s death was caused by the surgery. This is a myth which has been debunked by many historians, but where […]

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for Queen Jane Seymour

| June 7, 2015

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for Queen Jane Seymour

On 7th June 1536, three days after she had been proclaimed queen at Greenwich, there was a water pageant, or procession, on the Thames in honour of the new Queen, Henry VIII’s third wife Jane Seymour. Chronicler Charles Wriothesley records the event as follows: “Also, the 7th daie of June, being Wednesdaie in Whitson weeke, […]

4 June 1536 – Jane Seymour proclaimed Queen at Greenwich

| June 4, 2015

4 June 1536 – Jane Seymour proclaimed Queen at Greenwich

According to Charles Wriothesley, chronicler and Windsor Herald, it was on 4th June 1536, Whitsunday, that Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, was proclaimed queen: “Also the 4th daie of June, being Whitsoundaie, the said Jane Seymor was proclaymed Queene at Greenewych, and went in procession, after the King, with a great traine of ladies […]

30 May 1536 – A Royal Wedding

| May 30, 2015

30 May 1536 – A Royal Wedding

On Tuesday 30th May 1536, King Henry VIII married Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour, soldier and courtier, and of Margery Wentworth, in the Queen’s Closet at York Place (Whitehall). Henry and Jane had become betrothed on 20th May, the day after the execution of Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, and chronicler Charles Wriothesley […]

20 May 1536 – A Secret Betrothal

| May 20, 2015

20 May 1536 – A Secret Betrothal

On 20th May 1536, the day after Anne Boleyn’s execution and the day after Archbishop Cranmer had issued a dispensation allowing Henry VIII to marry Jane Seymour, the couple became betrothed. Chapuys recorded this betrothal in a postscript to a letter to Seigneur de Granvelle: “Has just been informed, the bearer of this having already […]

14 May 1536 – Jane Seymour moves nearer the King

| May 14, 2015

14 May 1536 – Jane Seymour moves nearer the King

On 14th May 1536 Sir Nicholas Carew was sent by Henry VIII to collect Jane Seymour from Carew’s country home outside of London, where she had been sent earlier in the month to prevent gossip about her relationship with the King, and to install her in a house in Chelsea.1 Up until now, Henry VIII […]

24 October 1537 – The Death of Queen Jane Seymour

| October 24, 2014

24 October 1537 – The Death of Queen Jane Seymour

On 24th October 1537 Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII and mother of Edward VI, succumbed to childbed fever and died at Hampton Court Palace. Jane had initially recovered well from her long and arduous labour, but started to go downhill in the days following Edward’s christening, suffering with a fever and delirium. On […]