May 14 – Jane Seymour is relocated closer to Henry VIII, and Henry VIII’s leg problems

| May 14, 2022

May 14 – Jane Seymour is relocated closer to Henry VIII, and Henry VIII’s leg problems

On this day in 1536, 14th May, while her predecessor and former mistress was in the Tower of London waiting for her trial, Jane Seymour was moved to be closer to the king and was treated like a queen. Find out more about this, and hear Eustace Chapuys’ rather unflattering description of Jane… Also on […]

April 1 – William Harvey, his experiments and blood circulation and Henry VIII courts Jane Seymour

| April 1, 2022

April 1 – William Harvey, his experiments and blood circulation and Henry VIII courts Jane Seymour

On this day in Tudor history, 1st April 1578, English physician William Harvey, was born in Folkestone, Kent. Harvey has gone down in history as being the man who discovered the circulation of blood, and he was also physician extraordinary to King James I and King Charles I. How did Harvey work out that the […]

24 October – John White’s return to England and the death of Jane Seymour

| October 24, 2021

24 October – John White’s return to England and the death of Jane Seymour

On this day in Tudor history, 24th October 1590, John White, the governor of the Roanoke Colony, returned to England after failing to find the lost colonists, which included his daughter, Ellinor (Elenora), his son-in-law, Ananias Dare, and his granddaughter, Virginia Dare. But what happened to these colonists and what did the word CROATOAN carved […]

4 June 1536 – A new queen is proclaimed

| June 4, 2021

4 June 1536 – A new queen is proclaimed

On this day in Tudor history, 4th June 1536, Whitsun, Jane Seymour was officially proclaimed queen at Greenwich. Jane was Henry VIII’s third wife and this proclamation took place just over two weeks after the execution of her predecessor, Anne Boleyn. Find out more about what happened on this day in 1536 in this video: […]

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII moves on

| May 20, 2021

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII moves on

No matter how many times I read and write about it, Henry VIII’s behaviour in 1536 always disgusts me. Obviously, the whole fall of Anne Boleyn and those five courtiers is terrible, a real miscarriage of justice, but then it’s made worse by Henry VIII moving on with his life with unseemly haste. The very […]

20 Interesting Facts about Jane Seymour

| April 17, 2021

20 Interesting Facts about Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour was the third wife of King Henry VIII, the mother of King Edward VI and the sister of Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector, and Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley. Even though she was queen for a relatively short period, Jane Seymour is still an interesting Tudor lady, and in […]

24 October 1537 – The death of Queen Jane Seymour at Hampton Court Palace

| October 24, 2019

24 October 1537 – The death of Queen Jane Seymour at Hampton Court Palace

On this day in history, 24th October 1537, Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, died at Hampton Court Palace. The couple had only been married since 30th May 1536 and Jane had died twelve days after giving the king the gift of a healthy baby boy, the future King Edward VI. I talk about Jane’s […]

A river pageant for a new queen and a historic meeting

| June 7, 2019

A river pageant for a new queen and a historic meeting

On 7th June 1536, less than three weeks after the execution of Henry VIII’s second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, his new marriage was celebrated with a water pageant or procession along the River Thames. This river pageant from Greenwich to Whitehall (formerly York Place) was in honour of Queen Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John […]

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