Bound to Obey and Serve
“Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived”
Born: Jane’s birthdate is unknown. Elizabeth Norton in her recent biography of Jane claims she was born c. 1508-9.
Father: Sir John Seymour of Wulfhall in Wiltshire
Mother: Margery Wentworth
Married Henry VIII on 30 May 1536
Palace of Whitehall
Coronation: No formal coronation.
Proclamation: 4 June 1536
Reign: 30 May 1536 – 24 October 1537
Issue: Edward VI of England born on 12 October 1537
Died: 24 October 1537
Hampton Court Palace
It is generally accepted by modern historians that Jane Seymour died of puerperal fever, also known as ‘childbed fever’. Eleven years later, Jane’s sister-in-law, Catherine Parr, would suffer the same fate.
Buried: 12 November 1537
St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle
Jane was given a solemn but magnificent state funeral and ironically, after being forbidden to attend her own mother’s funeral only a year before, Princess Mary acted as her chief mourner.
Henry VIII always spoke of Jane as his ‘true wife’ and was buried next to her in 1547.
The following inscription was above her grave for a time:
Here lieth a Phoenix, by whose death
Another Phoenix life gave breath:
It is to be lamented much
The world at once ne’er knew two such.
Read about Henry VIII’s marriage to Jane Seymour
Link to The Ghost of Jane Seymour
Norton, E. Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s True Love, 2009.
More books about Jane Seymour at On the Tudor Trail’s Bookstore