Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour's paragraph in the history books is short but significant. The former lady-in-waiting to both Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, she caught Henry VIII's eye just as his troubles with Katherine ended and his trouble with Anne began. Compared to Anne -- who was a spitfire to put it nicely and a shrew if one wanted to be rude -- Jane was sweet, calm, and "submissive almost to the point of non-existence (Plowden 78).
Jane and Henry were betrothed the day after Anne's execution and married weeks later on 30 May. On 12 October of 1537, at two o'clock in the morning, she gave birth to the son Henry had wanted for so very long. The christening of Prince Edward took place on 15 October and the Queen felt healthy enough to attend the hours-long ceremony. After the ceremony, she collapsed with a high fever. She died 24 October of puerperal sepsis, or childbed fever, caused by a bacterial infection quite common to recently-birthed women in those time.
Of all Henry's wives, he chose Jane to be buried beside when he died in 1547.


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