Johanna Seymour

Johanna Seymour

Female 1506 - 1537  (31 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and one descendant in this family tree.

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  • Name Johanna Seymour 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 1506 
    Gender Female 
    Died 24 Oct 1537  Hampton Court Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 12 Nov 1537  St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11312  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 

    Father John Seymour, IV,   b. Abt 1476, Wolf Hall, Savenake, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1536, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Mother Margery Wentworth,   b. Abt 1474, Nettlestead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1550  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Siblings 4 siblings 
    Family ID F31885  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family King Henry VIII Tudor,   b. 28 Jun 1491, Greenwich Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1547, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 30 May 1536  Whitehall Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. King Edward VI Tudor,   b. 12 Oct 1537, Hampton Court Palace Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1553  (Age 15 years)
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F2610  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • Jun 4, 1536 Jane Seymour officially proclaimed Queen of England by Parliament.
      Jane Seymour may have first come to court in the service of Queen Catherine, but then was moved to wait on Anne Boleyn as she rose in the King's favor and eventually became his second wife. In September 1535, the King stayed at the Seymour family home in Wiltshire, England. It may have been there that the king "noticed" Jane. But, it isn't until February of 1536 that there is evidence of Henry's new love for Jane. By that point, Henry's disinterest in Anne was obvious and Jane was likely pegged to be her replacement as Queen. Opinion is divided as to how Jane felt about being the new object of Henry's affections. Some see Jane's calm and gentle demeanor as evidence that she didn't really understand the position as political pawn she was playing for her family. Others see it as a mask for her fear. Seeing how Henry's two previous Queens had been treated once they fell from favor, Jane probably had some trepidation, although Anne Boleyn's final fate had not been sealed at that time. One other view was that Jane fell into her role quite willingly and actively sought to entice the King and flaunt her favor even in front of the current Queen. However Jane actually felt, we will never know. Henry's feelings were pretty clear though. Within 24 hours of Anne Boleyn's execution, Jane Seymour and Henry VIII were formally betrothed. On the 30th of May, they were married. Unlike Henry's previous two Queens, Jane never had a coronation. Perhaps the King was waiting to Jane to 'prove' herself by giving him a son. Less than two months after Henry and Jane's marriage, the Duke of Richmond, Henry Fitzroy died at the age of 17. Fitzroy was the King's bastard son by his mistress Elizabeth Blount.
      It wasn't until early 1537 that Jane became pregnant. During her pregnancy, Jane's every whim was indulged by the King, convinced that Jane, whom he felt to be his first 'true wife', carried his long hoped for son. In October, a prince was born at Hampton Court Palace and was christened on 15th of October. The baby was named Edward. Mary, daughter of Catherine of Aragon, was godmother and Elizabeth, daughter of Anne Boleyn, also played a role in the ceremony. There has been much written over whether or not Jane gave birth to Edward by caesarean section. It seems unlikely that if she had, she would have lived as long as she did after the birth. Jane attended her son's christening, although she was weak. She died on October 24th, just two weeks after her son was born. Henry had already been preparing his own tomb at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, which was where Jane was buried.
      In the end, she would be the only of Henry's six wives to be buried with him.

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