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 […]

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 […]

27 May 1537 – The quickening of Jane Seymour’s baby

| May 27, 2015

27 May 1537 – The quickening of Jane Seymour’s baby

On 27th May 1537, Trinity Sunday, just under a year since her marriage to Henry VIII, Queen Jane Seymour felt her unborn baby move for the first time. The ‘quickening’ of Henry and Jane’s baby was a joyous occasion and it sparked off celebrations across the country. In London, a Te Deum was sung in […]