She is Henry's favorite wife and the only consort to give him a male heir. 167-168. Buried: 13 November 1537 St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle Some people speculated that the coronation was likely to be postponed and others wrote letters to Cromwell asking if the rumours that Jane was to be crowned on 31 October were true.[7]. Without royal assent, the two were married in December 1560 during a secret ceremony at Lord Hertford's house in Cannon Row, where Lady Jane Seymour was the sole witness. The plague eventually died down, and had Jane survived she would certainly have been crowned in reward for giving birth to Henry VIII’s long-awaited male heir. Although physicians in Tudor England had no knowledge of microorganisms and germs, it was widely understood that virulent diseases spread easily in dirty and cramped London, where people lived in close quarters. The Plague of 1536-7 and Jane Seymour’s Delayed Coronation. I will treasure this all my life. Henry feels her loss greatly, and mourns for her three years. Henry is besotted by her entrance and his clear infatuation leaves the audience unsure of his ardor towards Anne. Her entire tenure as Queen was marred by the plague, and her coronation, originally planned for 1536, never occurred because of the sickness. After Anne Boleyn's execution, Jane marries Henry about ten days later. In June 1537, when Jane was five months pregnant, the weather was “so hot and contagious, and the plague so sore in the city” that she grew very worried. [10] By 11 December, Husee expressed hope that “all danger of the plague is well nigh past”, but he was wrong.[11]. We live our lives knowing that a dangerous virus is out there, killing people every day. She is very good to her ladies in waiting and all servants in general, not ordering them to do deeds and treating them the way she, as a queen, would like to be treated. Think what the world would think. Jane also loves to smile, as she is seen grinning several times throughout her appearances in the episodes. [12] John Husee wrote to Lady Lisle: “Your Ladyship would not believe how much the Queen is afraid of the sickness.”[13] When Jane gave birth to Prince Edward on 12 October 1537, the plague was still raging in London, so the christening ceremony was held privately, and special ordinances were set in motion “on account of the plague” to avoid the outbreak of infection at court. She was noted for having inner beauty and noble character, and despite not being exceptionally foolish she was very subservient to Henry. [1] Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII,  Volume 2, n. 4320. Her kind heart and noble character earns her much popularity as queen. She is the most popular queen in the series since Catherine of Aragon. He continues thinking about her and it is clear that he intends to make Jane his next queen. [3] Chapuys was clearly wrong when he asserted that Jane’s coronation was delayed in July 1536: the King married her on 30 May, so a coronation before 1 July, the date of Chapuys’s report, seems too hasty. [12] Letters and Papers, Henry VIII, Volume 12 Part 2, n. 179. She was also rather old to be unwed, but Henry loved her to death anyway, and remembered her as his favorite wife for many years. Michaelmas Day is not so high a day”, giving to understand that the coronation on 29 September would likely be cancelled. Facebook no longer shows our posts to a majority of our followers - Don't want to miss out on new articles? There is some speculation that Jane had a c-section, which, if true, would have been the cause of her death. The cancellation of Jane’s coronation had more to do with a deadly infectious disease that was spreading in England at the time. The rich carried pomanders—little metal balls filled with herbs—to ward off unpleasant and potentially deadly smells. You'd listen to your people and your heart. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. When crossing the Thames in a barge, Elizabeth I used a special pan where herbs and oils burned to ward off the stinky, potentially polluted air. Jane came from a family of eight siblings, although only two of them, her brothers, Edward Seymour and Thomas Seymour, are shown on the series. It will arrive packaged on its own Tudor-themed backing card.35mm x 35mm. She is portrayed by Anita Briem in the second season before the actress is replaced by Annabelle Wallis in season 3. Yet Henry VIII was still hesitant about what to do. The only time she ever disobeys his wishes is when she begs him to restore and keep the abbeys. Died: 24 October 1537 Hampton Court Palace. Jane was petite in stature, she had pale skin, blonde hair and blue eyes, she wasn't a classic beauty, despite the fact that theoretically, she would have been considered beautiful, since the Tudor beauty standards favored pale skin and blonde hair, it's … Do not be troubled for me, for I have great reason to be happy." The real reason behind the coronation’s postponement was the plague coupled with social unrest. [4] Letters and Papers, Henry VIII, Volume 11, n. 47. On 27 September 1536, two days before Jane’s expected coronation, the King had an audience with Ralph Sadler and pondered whether the coronation should be deferred, “seeing how the plague reigned in Westminster, even in the Abbey”. October 19, 2020 October 19, 2020 by Tudors Dynasty. Jane Seymour by Hans Holbein More Images. The only time she ever disobeys his wishes is when she begs him to restore and keep the abbeys. The theory that “miasma” or a “bad air” carried illness through the air was very popular, and so the Tudor people made sure to avoid bad smells. She was the only one of Henry's wives to recieve a queen's funeral. She is shown great favor by Henry, but unfortunately after the birth of Prince Edward, later King Edward VI, Jane contracts a childbirth disease, puerperal fever, and dies less than two weeks after Edward's birth. Jane is considered to be the wife Henry loved the most because she gave him a male heir, Prince Edward, later King Edward VI. In this article I would like to debunk the often repeated myth that Henry VIII refused to crown his third wife, Jane Seymour, before the birth of a male heir. Jane was a very compassionate and kind woman. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Jane also loves to smile, as she is seen grinning several times … He leaves the room and it seems the locket has become the first emblem of their mutual affection. She was noted for having inner beauty and noble character, and despite not being exceptionally foolish she was very subservient to Henry. • In 1933, Wendy Barrie played Seymour opposite Charles Laughton's Henry VIII in Alexander Korda's highly acclaimed film The Private Life of Henry VIII. Jane was not the sort of woman that Henry usually liked. We are not used to this. [1] Smallpox, measles and the plague were among the most dreaded infectious diseases of the Tudor period. Jane herself died of postnatal complications on 24 October 1537. Nor is it Mary's fault or Elizabeth's fault to be born of a king. Jane first appears at Wolfhall as the daughter of John Seymour. Jane Seymour was a character in The Tudors and the third wife of Henry VIII. During a jousting match Henry falls off his horse and is crushed, much to the devastation and shock of his kingdom. The Other Seymours: John Seymour, Son of Katherine Fillol, Marry in Secret, Repent in the Tower (Guest Post), The Plague of 1536-7 and Jane Seymour’s Delayed Coronation. It is my desire as much as I can to promote their interests. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. [4] On 6 September, Husee wrote further that it was “expected the Coronation will be on St Edward’s day [13 October], unless the sickness stay [delays] it”. ", "Thankyou. Historians debate whether Jane Seymour played a role in the downfall of Henry's second wife, her enemy and predecessor. ", "I beg you to restore and keep the abbeys. Jane Seymour was born around 1508-09 at Wolf Hall to Sir John Seymour and Margery Wentworth, her education was typical of a Tudor English lady, it included: Embroidery, dancing, household management, good manners and how to read and write a little bit in English.