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, succombed 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 […]

Catch Gareth Russell talking about Jane Seymour!

| October 14, 2014

Catch Gareth Russell talking about Jane Seymour!

Historian Gareth Russell, who is also the author of the The Emperors: How Europe’s Greatest Rulers Were Destroyed by World War I and upcoming books A History of the English Monarchy: From Boadicea to Elizabeth I and An Illustrated Introduction to The Tudors, is giving Tudor Society members a treat this month with his talk […]

12 October 1537 – A Son At Last!

| October 12, 2014

12 October 1537 – A Son At Last!

At two o’clock in the morning on Friday 12th October 1537, St Edward’s Day, Jane Seymour finally gave birth to the future King Edward VI after a long and tiring 30 hour labour. Henry VIII had a legitimate son and heir at long last! Church bells around London pealed in celebration, parish churches around the […]

7 June 1536 – A Water Pageant for Queen Jane

| June 7, 2014

7 June 1536 – A Water Pageant for Queen Jane

On 7th June 1536, a water pageant was held on the Thames in honour of the new queen, Jane Seymour. Charles wriothesley recorded the event in his chronicle: “Also, the 7th daie of June, being Wednesdaie in Whitson weeke, the King and the Queene went from Grenewych to Yorke Place, at Westminster, by water, his […]

4 June 1536 – Queen Jane Seymour

| June 4, 2014

4 June 1536 – Queen Jane Seymour

On 4th June 1536, following her marriage to Henry VIII on 30th May, Jane Seymour was proclaimed Queen at Greenwich Palace. Charles Wriothesley, the Tudor chronicler, recorded: “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 […]

30 May 1536 – Henry VIII Marries Jane Seymour at Whitehall

| May 30, 2014

30 May 1536 – Henry VIII Marries Jane Seymour at Whitehall

On Tuesday 30th May 1536, just eleven days after Anne Boleyn was beheaded, King Henry VIII married Anne’s former lady-in-waiting, Jane Seymour, in the Queen’s Closet at Whitehall. The couple had become betrothed on 20th May 1536 and following that Jane had been kept in seclusion at Chelsea, due to the gossip and ill feeling […]