7 June 1536 – A water pageant for the new queen

| June 7, 2018

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for the new queen

On this day in history, 7th June 1536, less than three weeks after the execution of previous queen, Anne Boleyn, there were celebrations for the new queen, Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife and the daughter of Sir John Seymour of Wulfhall. These celebrations took the form of a water pageant, or procession, along the […]

4 June 1536 – Jane Seymour is officially proclaimed queen

| June 4, 2018

On this day in history, Sunday 4th June 1536, five days after her marriage to King Henry VIII and just over two weeks after the execution of her predecessor, Jane Seymour was officially proclaimed queen at Greenwich. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded: “Also the 4th daie of June, being Whitsoundaie, the said Jane […]

2 June 1536 – The brand new queen appears in public

| June 2, 2018

On this day in history, 2nd June 1536, Jane Seymour, who had married King Henry VIII on 30th May 1536, made her first public appearance at Greenwich Palace. Jane’s predecessor, Anne Boleyn, had been executed on 19th May 1536, just two weeks earlier, so I wonder if Jane’s first appearance as queen caused a stir. […]

30 May 1536 – Tudor king marries third wife soon after dispatching second wife

| May 30, 2018

30 May 1536 – Tudor king marries third wife soon after dispatching second wife

This “on this day in history” event always makes me see red! Yes, just eleven days after his second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, was executed at the Tower of London on trumped up charges – I think most people would agree with me on that – King Henry VIII married for the third time. The […]

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 […]

RIP Queen Jane Seymour

| October 24, 2017

RIP Queen Jane Seymour

On this day in history, on the night of 24th October 1537, Queen Jane Seymour, third wife of King Henry VIII, died at Hampton Court Palace. Jane had given birth to a healthy baby boy, the future King Edward VI, on 12th October 1537, but had become ill not long after Edward’s christening on 15th […]

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 […]

7 June 1536 – Celebrations for a new queen

| June 7, 2017

On this day in history, 7th June 1536, there were celebrations for the new queen, Queen Jane. Henry VIII had married Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour of Wulfhall, Wiltshire, and former lady-in-waiting to his second wife, Anne Boleyn, on 30th May 1536. Their relationship caused a bit of a stir, with Anne Boleyn […]