1509 - 1537 (28 years)
||Jane Seymour, Queen of England |
||24 Oct 1537
||16 May 2005 |
- 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.