How did Anne Boleyn treat Jane Seymour? I’ve read that she wanted Jane out of court but are there any known accounts of her being cruel to and/or confronting Jane?

There is the account of Anne Boleyn tearing a necklace from around Jane Seymour's neck:-
"It is currently traditional that at her first coming to court, Queen Anne Boleyn, espying a jewel pendant about her neck, snatched thereat (desirous to see, the other unwilling to show it) and casually hurt her hand with her own violence; but it grieved her heart more, when she perceived it the king's picture by himself bestowed upon her, who from this day forward dated her own declining and the other's ascending, in her husband's affection." Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) in "History of the Worthies of England".

Anne's horror and anger at seeing this locket is understandable when we realise that Henry gave Anne a similar gift when they were courting.

There is also an account of Anne finding Jane Seymour on Henry VIII's lap and Anne even blamed her miscarriage on the incident.

Jane Dormer, Duchess of Feria, and lady to Mary I, also reported "scratching and bye blows between the queen and her maid." Anne certainly saw Jane as a threat to her position, after all, Anne had been a lady to Catherine of Aragon and risen to be queen!

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5 thoughts on “How did Anne Boleyn treat Jane Seymour? I’ve read that she wanted Jane out of court but are there any known accounts of her being cruel to and/or confronting Jane?”

  1. Tara says:

    Can you please tell me the source that tells of Anne finding Henry and Jane together?? Thank you 😀

    1. Claire says:

      Hi Tara,
      It’s from George Wyatt’s “The Life of Queen Anne Boleigne” in George Cavendish’s “The Life of Cardinal Wolsey”:-
      “I saw this harlot Jane sitting on your knees while my belly was doing its duty!”
      and is quoted in Eric Ives’s “The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn” p 304. Ives cites Wyatt in “Wolsey”, ed. Singer, p. 443.

      1. Anne-Marie says:

        But George Wyatt is born after this event and wouldn’t have seen it first hand. Is his book the only evidence of this?

        1. Anne-Marie says:

          And actually I’d add the Jane Dormer is born in 1538 she so again won’t have this first hand. There is actually no first hand evidence for this, it is rumour and conjecture that’s grown into an excellent but fictional story. That’s not to say it definitely didn’t happen but we certainly cannot say it definitely did.

  2. Brandon says:

    Bye blows? Does this mean anne & jane got into a fist fight?

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