I am curious about the reaction of the people when Jane Seymour was declared a queen. Did anyone dispute her right to the throne or she was instantly given a great amount of respect? It looks like Jane had it easy (except for the part of her dying at childbirth). Anne had to wait so long, accept the fact that the present majority at the court regarded her as an intruder, and after only 3 years of marriage, everything fell apart for her and her family.

Nobody disputed Jane's right to the throne, after all, Henry had had his marriage to Anne Boleyn annulled, but there were mutterings about whether he had done away with Anne simply to marry Jane. The Imperial Ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, in reporting Henry VIII's betrothal to Jane Seymour, wrote:-
"Has just been informed, the bearer of this having already mounted, that Mrs. Semel [Seymour] came secretly by river this morning to the King’s lodging, and that the promise and betrothal (desponsacion) was made at 9 o’clock. The King means it to be kept secret till Whitsuntide; but everybody begins already to murmur by suspicion, and several affirm that long before the death of the other there was some arrangement which sounds ill in the ears of the people; who will certainly be displeased at what has been told me, if it be true, viz., that yesterday the King, immediately on receiving news of the decapitation of the putain entered his barge and went to the said Semel, whom he has lodged a mile from him, in a house by the river." L&P x.926

So there obviously was some gossip about the matter but there is no record of any open opposition to Jane and I think she won the people over.

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  1. chloe says:

    Jane Seymore would also have had an easier time than Anne Bolyen, because by the time she was proclaimed queen, Catherine of Aragon was already dead. Therefore those that saw Catherine as the true queen were in the most part fine with Jane (even if they thought her family were social climbers, wasnt everybody?). For those that had supported Catherine, Jane was considered the legal second wife and acceptable, the fact that she was sympathetic to catholics and tried to reconcile Henry with his daughter Mary also helped her win popularity. David Starkey does cross these points in his documentay series on the six wives.

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