24 October 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour dies

Jane Seymour by Anthony Cardon
Jane Seymour by Anthony Cardon

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 ill with a fever.

Jane was buried in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on the 13th November 1537, although legend has it that her heart was buried in the Chapel Royal of Hampton Court Palace. Henry was buried with her after his death in 1547.

You can read more about Jane’s death, along with the primary source accounts of it, in my article from last year – click here to read that now.

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