7 June 1536 – A water pageant for the new queen

| June 7, 2016

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for the new queen

On 7th June 1536, just over a week since Jane Seymour’s marriage to King Henry VIII and three days after she had been officially proclaimed queen, a water pageant took place on the River Thames from Greenwich to Westminster in her honour. Chronicler Charles Wriothesley recorded the celebrations: “Also, the 7th day of June, being […]

4 June 1536 – A new queen is proclaimed

| June 4, 2016

4 June 1536 – A new queen is proclaimed

Following her marriage to Henry VIII on 30th May 1536 and her first public apearance as queen on 2nd June, Jane Seymour was proclaimed Queen at Greenwich on Sunday 4th June 1536, Whitsun. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded it: “Also the 4th daie of June, being Whitsoundaie, the said Jane Seymor was proclaymed […]

27 May 1537 – Celebrations for Jane Seymour’s pregnancy

| May 27, 2016

27 May 1537 – Celebrations for Jane Seymour’s pregnancy

On 27 May 1537, chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded the celebrations following the news of “the Queenes quickninge of childe”, i.e. Queen Jane Seymour feeling her baby move in her womb for the first time: “Alsoe, the 27th daye of Maye 1537, being Trynytie Sondaye, there was Te Deum sounge in Powles for joye […]

20 May 1536 – King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour become betrothed

| May 20, 2016

20 May 1536 – King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour become betrothed

On 20th May 1536, at nine o’clock in the morning, King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour became secretly betrothed. Read more…

14 May 1536 – Jane Seymour moves to Chelsea

| May 14, 2016

14 May 1536 – Jane Seymour moves to Chelsea

On 14th May 1536, King Henry VIII sent Sir Nicholas Carew to collect Jane Seymour from Carew’s country home, where Jane had been sent previously to prevent gossip about her relationship with the King. Carew’s instructions were to bring her to a property in Chelsea, which was within a mile of the King’s lodgings. According […]

1 April 1536 – Henry VIII sends Jane Seymour a gift

| April 1, 2016

1 April 1536 – Henry VIII sends Jane Seymour a gift

In a letter dated 1st April 1536, Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, reported to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, that he had just received a message from the Marchioness of Dorset corroborating news that he’d already heard from a “maistre gelyot”. This news was that the King had been “paying court at Greenwich” to Jane […]

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 […]