Jane Seymour: Henry VIIIs True Love by Elizabeth NortonThe first ever biography of Jane Seymour, Henry VIIIs third wife, who died in childbirth giving the king what he craved most - a son and heir.Jane Seymour is often portrayed as meek and mild and as the most successful, but one of the least significant, of Henry VIIIs wives. The real Jane was a very different character, demure and submissive yet with a ruthless streak - as Anne Boleyn was being tried for treason, Jane was choosing her wedding dress. From the lowliest origins of any of Henrys wives her rise shows an ambition every bit as great as Annes. Elizabeth Norton tells the thrilling life of a country girl from rural Wiltshire who rose to the throne of England and became the ideal Tudor woman.
Tudor Queens: Jane Seymour
Biography of Jane Seymour, Third Wife of Henry VIII
By , Jane was in her late twenties, with few marriage prospects. The queen and her maid had already come to blows. Henry was smitten with this show of virtue, henceforth insisting on meeting her only with a chaperone. They married shortly afterwards. The new queen held conservative religious beliefs. Finally, in March , her pregnancy was announced. Henry was solicitous to his wife, resolving to stay close to her and ordering fat quails from Calais when she desired to eat them.
Brought up as a typical noblewoman of her time, Jane Seymour became a maid of honor to Queen Catherine of Aragon in After Henry had his marriage to Catherine annulled in , Jane Seymour became a maid of honor to his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Anne Boleyn was convicted of treason and executed on May 19, Henry announced his betrothal to Jane Seymour the next day, May They were married on May 30 and Jane Seymour was pronounced Queen Consort on June 4, which was also the public announcement of the marriage. She was never officially crowned as queen, perhaps because Henry was waiting until after the birth of a male heir for such a ceremony. Jane Seymour's court was far more subdued than Anne Boleyn's.
Henry VIII was betrothed to Jane on 20 May , just one day after Anne Boleyn's execution. They were married at.
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The National Portrait Gallery , in London, has fixed a glaring hole in its Tudors collection with the acquisition of a portrait of Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII, who managed to avoid divorce or beheading but not an early death. We had no painted representation of her, so this is very exciting, she is an incredibly important sitter. The portrait was acquired in at auction and has gone through a lengthy conservation process, with layers of varnish and over-painting removed. The painting appears much finer and is a more important work than previously thought, the gallery said. The painting is a copy of the most famous portrait of Seymour still in existence, the work by Hans Holbein in the collection of the Kunsthistorisches in Vienna, Austria. The version now with the National Portrait Gallery , in central London, had hung for nearly a century in a Cambridge townhouse, its owners assuming it was a Victorian copy of the Holbein. It became clear only after the tree-ring dating before its auctionthat it was from the 16th century.
Jane Seymour c. She succeeded Anne Boleyn as queen consort following the latter's execution in May She died of postnatal complications less than two weeks after the birth of her only child, a son who became King Edward VI. She was the only one of Henry's wives to receive a queen's funeral, and his only consort to be buried beside him in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Jane, the daughter of Sir John Seymour and Margery Wentworth was most likely born at Wulfhall , Wiltshire ,  although West Bower Manor in Somerset has also been suggested,  Her birth date is not recorded; various accounts use anywhere from to ,  but it is generally estimated as occurring in or around