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 […]

4 June 1536 – Jane Seymour is Proclaimed Queen at Greenwich

| June 4, 2013

4 June 1536 – Jane Seymour is Proclaimed Queen at Greenwich

On this day in 1536, Whitsun, Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, was proclaimed Queen at Greenwich. Chronicler Charles Wriothesley recorded this moment: “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 followinge after […]

2 June 1536 – Jane Seymour’s First Public Appearance as Queen

| June 2, 2013

2 June 1536 – Jane Seymour’s First Public Appearance as Queen

On Friday 2nd June 1536, Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, made her first public appearance at Greenwich. Sir John Russell recorded this in a letter to Lord Lisle: “On Friday last [2nd June] the Queen sat abroad as Queen, and was served by her own servants, who were sworn that same day. The King […]

30 May 1536 – The Wedding of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour

| May 30, 2013

30 May 1536 – The Wedding of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour

Following their betrothal on 20th May 1536, the day after Anne Boleyn’s execution, Henry VIII married his third wife, Jane Seymour, on Tuesday 30th May 1536 in the Queen’s Closet at York Place (Whitehall). We call Jane Seymour Henry VIII’s third wife, but in Henry’s eyes she was his “first true wife” because his previous […]

27 May 1537 – Celebrations for Queen Jane Seymour’s Unborn Child

| May 27, 2013

27 May 1537 – Celebrations for Queen Jane Seymour’s Unborn Child

On this day in 1537, Queen Jane Seymour felt her unborn baby move for the first time. The “quickening” of her child sparked off celebrations around the country. In London a Te Deum was sung, fires were lit and wine was enjoyed by the people: “Alsoe, the 27th daye of Maye 1537, being Trynytie Sondaye, […]

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

| May 20, 2013

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

At 9am on 20th May 1536, just one day after the execution of his second wife, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII became betrothed to Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour, soldier and courtier, and of Margery Wentworth. Jane had served both of the King’s previous wives as a lady-in-waiting, having come to court in around […]