Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s Third Wife
Jane Seymour was the third wife of Henry VIII. Some have noted that she was his favorite, but only because she provided him with the long awaited son. She died shortly after giving birth to him in 1537. The Seymour family rose with titles and power along with their sweet Jane.
Jane Seymour was a descendant of King Edward III’s son Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence. Because of this, she and Henry VIII were fifth cousins.
Jane was likely educated by her mother. She was trained in needlework, household management and cookery. She could read and write her name. She also enjoyed outdoor sport including horseback riding and following the hunt.
Sometime during the 1520s Jane joined Katherine of Aragon’s household. It was while in Katherine’s household that she grew to know and love the Princess Mary…and Katherine herself. Jane so greatly admired the queen that she later modeled her own reign after her. – Jane Seymour’s Rise to the Throne
Here are some portraits we were able to find of Jane Seymour and we’ve tried our best to give appropriate credit to.