On this day in Tudor history, 24th October 1537, Queen Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, died at Hampton Court Palace twelve days after giving birth to a son who would grow up to be King Edward VI.
In today's talk, I share contemporary accounts of Jane Seymour's illness and death, as well as details of how her remains were prepared for burial and where they were buried.
You can read an article on Jane’s labour and death by midwife Dayna Goodchild in June 2018's edition of Tudor Life magazine here.
Here are more videos on Jane Seymour:
And here are some resources from our archives:
- Gareth Russell's talk on Jane Seymour
- Researching Jane the Quene - Expert talk by Janet Wertman
- Jane Seymour quiz
- Jane Seymour - A brief bio of Jane.
- 12 November 1537 – Jane Seymour’s remains moved to Windsor
- 13 November 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour is buried
- Who was Jane Seymour?
- Phoenix Birth: A Look at Jane Seymour and the Importance of Death and Birth in Tudor England
Also on this day in history:
- 1521 – Death of Robert Fayrfax (Fairfax), church musician and composer, in St Albans. He was buried in the abbey there. Fayrfax was a Gentleman of the Chapel of the households of both Henry VII and Henry VIII, and attended the 1521 Field of Cloth of Gold. His works included the Magnificat Regale, Salve regina, six masses and English part-songs.
- 1525 – Death of Thomas Dacre, 2nd Baron Dacre of Gilsland, from a fall from his horse in the English borders. He was buried at Lanercost Priory, in the Dacre family mausoleum. Dacre fought at the Battle of Bosworth on the side of Richard III, but was able to earn Henry VII's trust and favour afterwards. Henry VII put Dacre in charge of the English west march and he was active in the borders, until he was imprisoned in early 1525 after trouble in the borders. He was fined and released in September 1525.
- 1545 – Death of Sir John Baldwin, judge and Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. He was buried at Aylesbury.
- 1572 – Death of Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby and Privy Councillor during the reigns of Mary I and Elizabeth I, at Lathom House in Lancashire. He was buried at the parish church in Ormskirk.
- 1589 – Death of Christopher St Lawrence, 7th Baron Howth and an active participant in Irish politics. He was buried in Howth Abbey in Dublin.
- 1590 – John White, governor of the Roanoke Colony, returned to England after failing to find the lost colonists, which included his daughter, Ellinor (Elenora), and his granddaughter, Virginia Dare. Virginia was the first child born to English parents in the Americas. Nobody ever found out what had happened to the colony.