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Jane Seymour, Queen of England

Jane Seymour, Queen of England

Female 1509 - 1537  (28 years)

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  • Name Jane Seymour, Queen of England 
    Born 1509 
    Gender Female 
    Died 24 Oct 1537 
    Person ID I30050  Lucius
    Last Modified 16 May 2005 

    Father Sir John Seymour 
    Mother Margaret Wentworth 
    Family ID F12672  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Henry VIII, King of England,   b. 28 Jun 1491, Palace at Greenwich, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1547  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 30 May 1536  Whitehall Palace, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Edward VI, King of England,   b. 12 Oct 1537, Hampton Court Palace Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1553, Greenwich Palace Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
    Family ID F12665  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
     painting of Queen Jane by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543) Oil on wood, 65x40.5 cm
    painting of Queen Jane by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543) Oil on wood, 65x40.5 cm
    A sketch of Jane by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543)
    A sketch of Jane by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543)
    Jane Seymour
    Jane Seymour

  • Notes 
    • The Seymours were an old and noble family. Jane, who was probably born between 1507 and 1509, had been maid of honor to both Queen Catherine and Queen Anne. As Henry grew tired of Anne's tantrums he was drawn to Jane's gentle, modest ways. Jane sympathized with Catherine and was apparently happy to help bring about Queen Anne's downfall. Like Anne before her, Jane virtuously rejected the king's advances, and once again Henry fell in love with the woman he could not have.

      After their marriage Jane remained quietly obedient to Henry. Once she fell on her knees in public and begged the king to change one of his policies. This did not go over well with the king, and Jane never tried it again.

      In October of 1537 Jane gave birth to a son, Prince Edward. Twelve days later she died. Henry grieved for her, but he also began looking for a new wife. This time he wanted to make a politically advantageous marriage. The royal women of Europe were understandably reluctant to marry him, and it was two years before Henry VIII became betrothed to his fourth wife . . .

      Henry and Jane were cousins

      Edward was always a delicate boy, like his mother. Jane Seymour was a descent of Henry II, on the Wentworth line.