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 […]

20 May 1536 – The Betrothal of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour

| May 20, 2014

20 May 1536 – The Betrothal of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour

At 9am on 20th May 1536, the day after his second wife had been executed, Henry VIII became betrothed to Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour and Margery Wentworth. Their betrothal was meant to be kept secret but Chapuys recorded that the news got out: “everybody begins already to murmur by suspicion, and several […]

28 and 29 April 1536 – Something is going on

| April 28, 2014

28 and 29 April 1536 – Something is going on

Something was definitely brewing at King Henry VIII’s court in late April 1536. Two commissions of oyer and terminer had been set up, writs for Parliament had been issued and now the King’s council was meeting on a daily basis.1 Meanwhile, according to Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, Sir Nicholas Carew was advising and coaching […]

Jane Seymour – Guest Post by Lauren Johnson

| October 24, 2013

Jane Seymour – Guest Post by Lauren Johnson

On this day in 1537, Jane Seymour died of puerperal fever at Hampton Court Palace. In this guest post, Lauren Johnson, a historian and author who regularly interprets Jane at Hampton Court Palace, considers how Jane ended up as Henry’s third – and many still argue ‘favourite’ – wife. Over the past five years in […]

The Six Wives of Henry VIII and their Labels

| August 14, 2013

The Six Wives of Henry VIII and their Labels

Back in early 2011, I wrote a series of posts on the “six wives’ stereotypes”, the various stereotypes, labels, myths and downright lies which surround Henry VIII’s six wives. Fiction, films, TV series and even history books have led to people having very warped ideas of these women and to some feeling that they have […]

7 June 1536 – A River Pageant in Honour of Jane Seymour, the New Queen

| June 7, 2013

7 June 1536 – A River Pageant in Honour of Jane Seymour, the New Queen

Three days after Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife, was proclaimed Queen at Greenwich Palace, a river pageant was held in her honour on the Thames as the King and Queen travelled from Greenwich to York Place. Chronicler Charles Wriothesley recorded the pageant: “The 7th daie of June being Wednesdaie in Whitson weeke, the king […]