Jane Seymour: Facts About the Third Wife of Henry VIII

Here are some facts about Jane Seymour, the third wife of King Henry VIII.

  • Jane Seymour was born in about 1508 at Wulfhall, Wiltshire.
  • Her father was John Seymour and her mother was Margery Wentworth.
  • She was distantly related to Henry VIII and she shared a great-grandmother with Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn.
  • In 1532, Jane was maid-of-honour to Henry’s first Queen, Catherine of Aragon, and she went on to serve Anne Boleyn.
  • King Henry married Jane Seymour at the Palace of Whitehall in London. The ceremony took place on 30th May 1536 – just eleven days after the beheading of Anne Boleyn.
  • Jane formed a very close relationship with Mary Tudor (later Mary I), the daughter of Henry and his first wife, Catherine. She played a part in restoring a relationship between Henry and Mary.
  • Jane Seymour became pregnant in 1537. She gave birth to the male heir so desired by Henry. Edward (later Edward VI) was born on 12th October 1537.
  • Jane Seymour attended Edward’s christening, but died on 24th October 1537. It is thought that the cause of death was related to complications following on from the birth of Edward.
  • Jane Seymour was buried on 12th November 1537 in st George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. She was the only one of his wives to receive a Queen’s funeral, and she was the only one to be buried with the King – he was buried next to her, at his request, when he passed away in 1547.

Find out about the other wives of Henry VIII by clicking here.

10 Responses to Jane Seymour: Facts About the Third Wife of Henry VIII

  1. awesome facts James!thanks for giving me the link to this part of primary facts!!!!!i know where ill go on the wb if i need help on history!!!:)

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