12 October 1537 – A prince for Henry VIII and Jane Seymour

| October 12, 2017

12 October 1537 – A prince for Henry VIII and Jane Seymour

On this day in history, 12th October 1537, the eve of the Feast of St Edward the Confessor, an exhausted Queen Jane Seymour, third wife of King Henry VIII, gave birth to a little boy in her chamber at Hampton Court Palace. He was born at around two o’clock in the morning. Chronicler Edward Hall […]

Jane Seymour and the birth of Edward VI

| October 12, 2016

Jane Seymour and the birth of Edward VI

On this day in history, 12th October 1537, the eve of the feast of St Edward the Confessor, Queen Jane Seymour gave birth to a son who would grow up to be Edward VI. On this anniversary, I always receive questions about Edward’s birth so I thought I’d answer a few of the common ones […]

Happy Birthday Edward VI – Guest Post by Kyra Kramer

| October 12, 2016

Happy Birthday Edward VI – Guest Post by Kyra Kramer

Thank you so much to Kyra Kramer for writing this guest post in honour of King Edward VI’s birthday. Kyra has just released a fascinating book on Edward, Edward VI in a Nutshell and you can find out more about it at the bottom of this post and find out how you can win a […]

Did Jane Seymour have a C-section?

| October 12, 2015

Did Jane Seymour have a C-section?

Today is the anniversary of the birth of King Edward VI and every year, without fail, I see comments on social media about how he was born by a caesarean section and that Queen Jane Seymour’s death was caused by the surgery. This is a myth which has been debunked by many historians, but where […]

12 October 1537 – A Son At Last!

| October 12, 2014

12 October 1537 – A Son At Last!

At two o’clock in the morning on Friday 12th October 1537, St Edward’s Day, Jane Seymour finally gave birth to the future King Edward VI after a long and tiring 30 hour labour. Henry VIII had a legitimate son and heir at long last! Church bells around London pealed in celebration, parish churches around the […]

12 October 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour Gives Birth to a Prince

| October 12, 2013

12 October 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour Gives Birth to a Prince

At 2am on Friday 12th October 1537, Queen Jane Seymour gave birth to a healthy baby boy at Hampton Court Palace. The prince who Henry VIII had been waiting for since 1509 was named Edward, probably because he was born on the eve of the feast day of St Edward the Confessor. Church bells around […]

12 October 1537 A King is Born – Birth of Edward VI

| October 12, 2012

12 October 1537 A King is Born – Birth of Edward VI

On this day in 1537, church bells pealed, Te Deumss were sung, bonfires lit, fruit and wine given out, and two thousand rounds were fired into the sky from the Tower of London. A prince had been born and London celebrated. Yes, on 12th October 1537 at two o’clock in the morning, Jane Seymour gave […]