Jane Seymour was the third wife of King Henry VIII and Queen Consort of England.
|Full Name||Jane Seymour|
|Who||Queen of England|
|Death Date||October 24, 1537|
|Born||Burbage, Wiltshire, England, UK|
|Died||London, England, UK|
|Cause of Death||postnatal complications|
|Mother||Margery Wentworth Seymour|
|Children||Edward VI of England|
Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset
Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron of Sudeley
Elizabeth Seymour, Lady Cromwell
Through her maternal grandfather, Seymour was a descendant of Edward III of England.
Seymour was the second half-cousin of Anne Boleyn, as they shared a great-grandmother.
Seymour grew up familiar with Henry VIII from an early age, as her king. She was also his fifth cousin. They married in 1536, only ten days after the execution of Anne Boleyn. Though their marriage only lasted a little over a year, she remained Henry's most favored wife, perhaps because she was the one to finally give him a male heir. Following their marriage, Henry granted Seymour over 100 manor houses, in addition to numerous forests and hunting areas. Also to Henry's liking, she was adept at managing a household and preferred to keep to womanly attributes of her reign, having no wish for power or involvement in Henry's affairs. Her motto as queen was "bound to obey and serve." Seymour gave birth to a son, Edward VI, in 1537, and died shortly afterward. In stark contrast to Henry's previous wives, he held an ornate funeral for her - making her one of the only one of his wives to ever recieve a funeral at all. Henry wore black for three months, and did not marry for another three years, and also gained much weight. When Henry died in 1547, he was buried beside Seymour, following his request.
Seymour served Catherine of Aragon beginning in 1527, and became one of her maids-of-honour in 1532. After Catherine's downfall, Seymour then served Anne Boleyn, though she disapproved of the new queen. In January 1536, as Boleyn's popularity was sliding, Henry VIII began showing interest in Seymour, unlikely to have gone unnoticed by Boleyn. After Anne was beheaded in May of 1536, Henry was betrothed to Seymour only one day after, and married ten days after.
Seymour and Henry VIII were married by Stephen Gardiner.
Seymour was a friend and supporter of the young Mary I of England, who at the time of Seymour's reign as queen was a child outcast by her father. At Seymour's urging, Henry agreed to recieve his daughter back at court.
Burbage, Wiltshire, England, UK - Born here, 1508. Grew up here, 1508 - 1527.
London, England, UK - Lived here, 1527 - 1537. Died here, 1537.
How Added - Through her husband Henry VIII.