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House of Tudor - Jane Seymour

Name: Jane Seymour
Father: John Seymour
Mother: Margery Wentworth
Born: abt.1505 at Wolf Hall, Savernake, Wiltshire
Married: Henry VIII, on May 30, 1536
Children: Edward
Died: October 24, 1537 at Hampton Court Palace
Buried at: St Georges Chapel Windsor

Jane Seymour was the 3rd wife of Henry VIII, and was born in 1508/1509. She was not well educated and could only read and write her name, but she learnt needlework and household management, She became a lady in waiting to Catherine of Aragon and then afterwards to Anne Boleyn.

It is believed that she caught the eye of Henry VIII in September 1535 when he visited her parents home in Savernake, Wiltshire. Henry was losing interest in Anne Boleyn, and Jane’s calm and gentle demeanour contrasted to the forthright Anne.

Within 24 hours of Anne Boleyn’s execution on 19th May 1536, Jane was betrothed to Henry and they were married on 30th May 1536. She was never crowned Queen. In 1537 she was pregnant and Henry was delighted when she gave birth on 12 October to a son Edward (later Edward VI). The boy was christened on 15 October, but Jane was weak after the birth and died on 24 October. Henry believed her to be his only true wife and she was the only one buried with him in his tomb at St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Jane Seymour's Signature