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 […]

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for the new queen

| June 7, 2016

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for the new queen

On 7th June 1536, just over a week since Jane Seymour’s marriage to King Henry VIII and three days after she had been officially proclaimed queen, a water pageant took place on the River Thames from Greenwich to Westminster in her honour. Chronicler Charles Wriothesley recorded the celebrations: “Also, the 7th day of June, being […]

4 June 1536 – A new queen is proclaimed

| June 4, 2016

4 June 1536 – A new queen is proclaimed

Following her marriage to Henry VIII on 30th May 1536 and her first public apearance as queen on 2nd June, Jane Seymour was proclaimed Queen at Greenwich on Sunday 4th June 1536, Whitsun. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded it: “Also the 4th daie of June, being Whitsoundaie, the said Jane Seymor was proclaymed […]

27 May 1537 – Celebrations for Jane Seymour’s pregnancy

| May 27, 2016

27 May 1537 – Celebrations for Jane Seymour’s pregnancy

On 27 May 1537, chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded the celebrations following the news of “the Queenes quickninge of childe”, i.e. Queen Jane Seymour feeling her baby move in her womb for the first time: “Alsoe, the 27th daye of Maye 1537, being Trynytie Sondaye, there was Te Deum sounge in Powles for joye […]