The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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Jane Seymour | 1508-1537
Love Life
Henry and Jane

ane was Henry's favorite and "most lawful" wife. This, however, did not stop him from carrying on affairs. Although not one particular mistress would enthrall the king, he would continue to seek sexual favors elsewhere. In one reported instance, Henry, riding outside his estate at Eltham Palace, saw a "pretty wench." He reportedly rode off with her to the palace to have his way with her. The king's sexual appetite was legendary and an anonymous gentleman wrote in 1537 that all it took to please him was "an apple and a fair wench to dally withal."

Jane, on other hand, was famous for her virtue. Even though some observers questioned her chastity (see Trouble Alert), she had no affairs to mar her reputation. By the time she met Henry at the age of 27, there had been only one botched engagement. Jane's parents wanted their daughter to marry William Dormer, son of the highly placed Sir Robert and Lady Dormer. Lady Dormer, however, felt that Jane's social rank was not sufficient for their son. Instead of getting married, Jane went as a maid-of-honor to court, where she would eventually meet the king and capture his heart.
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Intro Background Why choose this wife? Role as queen King vs. queen Love Life Children Ultimate fate