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20 May 1536 – A royal betrothal

| May 20, 2018

20 May 1536 – A royal betrothal

The day after your second wife’s death is obviously the right time to become betrothed to your new woman, don’t you think? OK, so wife number 2 had just been executed for high treason for being unfaithful to her husband and plotting to kill him, but I don’t for a moment believe that Henry VIII […]

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII moves on

| May 20, 2017

I’ve written about this many times but it still gets to me every time! I still get very cross. On the day after the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, his second wife, Henry VIII became betrothed to Jane Seymour, sister of Edward and Thomas Seymour. The dispensation for their marriage had even been issued on […]

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

| May 20, 2016

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

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

20 May 1536 – A Secret Betrothal

| May 20, 2015

20 May 1536 – A Secret Betrothal

On 20th May 1536, the day after Anne Boleyn’s execution and the day after Archbishop Cranmer had issued a dispensation allowing Henry VIII to marry Jane Seymour, the couple became betrothed. Chapuys recorded this betrothal in a postscript to a letter to Seigneur de Granvelle: “Has just been informed, the bearer of this having already […]

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

| May 20, 2014

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

At 9am on 20th May 1536, the day after his second wife had been executed, Henry VIII became betrothed to Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour and Margery Wentworth. Their betrothal was meant to be kept secret but Chapuys recorded that the news got out: “everybody begins already to murmur by suspicion, and several […]

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 […]