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24 October 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour dies at Hampton Court Palace

| October 24, 2018

24 October 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour dies at Hampton Court Palace

On this day in history, 24th October 1537, Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, died at Hampton Court Palace. She had given birth to a baby boy, the future King Edward VI, on 12th October 1537 after a long and difficult labour, but had been taken ill shortly after Edward’s christening on 15th October. In […]

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 […]

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 […]

24 October 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour dies

| October 24, 2015

24 October 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour dies

On 24th October 1537 Queen Jane Seymour, third wife of King Henry VIII, died from what is thought to be puerperal (childbed) fever. Her son, the future King Edward VI, had been born on 12th October 1537 after a long and difficult labour but Jane seemed fine until around 17th October, when she was taken […]

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 […]

Jane Seymour – Guest Post by Lauren Johnson

| October 24, 2013

Jane Seymour – Guest Post by Lauren Johnson

On this day in 1537, Jane Seymour died of puerperal fever at Hampton Court Palace. In this guest post, Lauren Johnson, a historian and author who regularly interprets Jane at Hampton Court Palace, considers how Jane ended up as Henry’s third – and many still argue ‘favourite’ – wife. Over the past five years in […]

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 […]

24 October 1537 – Death of Queen Jane Seymour

| October 24, 2012

24 October 1537 – Death of Queen Jane Seymour

Just twelve days after giving birth to a baby boy, Prince Edward and the future Edward VI, Queen Jane Seymour died of suspected puerperal fever (childbed fever) at Hampton Court Palace. She had done her duty as queen, but it had cost her her life. Jane had seemed fine after the birth even though it […]