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

Posted By on May 20, 2016

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

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3 thoughts on “20 May 1536 – King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour become betrothed”

  1. Christine says:

    Henry obviously didn’t care what people thought so great was his need for a son, did they lie in the same bed he had shared with Anne I wonder, his hasty engagement and marriage to Jane proclaimed to the world the real reason why his second wife was executed, I don’t think he fooled anyone as even Anne’s enemies felt sympathy for her and for the men who were just innocent scapegoats, they were all just victims in Henrys reign of terror.

  2. Nancy Nemchik says:

    From what little evidence we have from those times, not a soul stood up for the queen when it counted. I am not condemning anyone for their actions or reluctance to act. This, I believe,helped to make it quite easy for the king to become betrothed so quickly. No one with any power to call him out on his quick betrothal, to at least slow his actions so his queen to be would not be tainted. He did care that the public gossip would reach Jane Seymour but that seems to be about it. What appalls me more is his need to invalidate his marriage. through Anne Boleyn herself.

  3. Banditqueen says:

    Henry was betrothed very quickly, but he was aware that this would look bad, as Anne was barely cold in her grave, which is why he kept it quiet. Henry may have been in denial, anxious to get married again very quickly, believed that he was free as his marriage to Anne Boleyn was annulled as well as a widow, and maybe his age compelled him to marry sooner rather than later. Whatever the reason, it was with indecent haste. I don’t blame Jane Seymour for this, but Henry could have waited a few weeks at least.

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