27 May 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour’s pregnancy is celebrated

| May 27, 2017

On 27th May 1537, Trinity Sunday, there were celebrations in London following the news of the ‘quickening’ of Queen Jane’s baby. Jane Seymour had been married to King Henry VIII for just under a year and it was hoped that she was carrying Henry VIII’s longed-for son and heir. The first movement of the queen’s […]

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 […]

14 May 1536 – Jane Seymour moves closer to the king

| May 14, 2017

Before I go into details on today’s “on this day in history” event in the countdown to Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution, let’s set the scene… Queen Anne Boleyn is imprisoned in the Tower of London awaiting trial for high treason; George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, the queen’s brother and a royal favourite, is also in the […]

1 April 1536 – Henry VIII pays court to Jane Seymour

| April 1, 2017

On this day in history, 1st April 1536, Eustace Chapuys the imperial ambassador, wrote a very long and detailed letter to Emperor Charles V, a letter that is very interesting. In this letter, Chapuys wrote of how the king was “paying court” to one of Queen Anne Boleyn’s ladies,  a certain Jane Seymour, and that […]

Free Jane Seymour lesson today only

| October 24, 2016

Free Jane Seymour lesson today only

To commemorate the death of Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, MedievalCourses.com are offering everyone the chance to listen to module 3 of their new seven-unit course, “The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Monarchy and Matrimony in Tudor England” for free just for today. The module is just over 26 minutes long and is […]

24 October 1537 – The death of Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII

| October 24, 2016

24 October 1537 – The death of Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII

On this day in history, 24th October 1537, just twelve days after providing Henry VIII with his longed-for son and heir, Queen Jane Seymour died at Hampton Court Palace. Jane had taken to her chamber on 16th September 1537 and went into labour on 9th or 10th October. Contemporary sources suggest that her labour lasted […]

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 […]

11 October 1537 – A procession and prayers for Queen Jane Seymour

| October 11, 2016

11 October 1537 – A procession and prayers for Queen Jane Seymour

On this day in history, Thursday 11th October 1537, there was a solemn procession in London to pray for Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife and queen consort, who was in labour, a labour which was to last for over 30 hours. Here is the record from Charles Wriothesley’s chronicle: “This yeare, the 11th daie of […]