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
Role As Queen
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did not stop Jane from pursuing her goals. Her brothers, Edward and Thomas Seymour, were named Duke of Somerset and made a member of the Privy Council, respectively. When Jane became pregnant, the pleased king further elevated Edward to member of the Privy Council. Jane also delivered on her promises to Spanish ambassador Eustace Chapuys to encourage the king to reconcile with Mary, Henry's daughter by Catherine of Aragon, and reinstate her as his heir. Jane, only eight years Mary's senior, had befriended Mary while she served Catherine of Aragon, whom she admired and emulated. The king initially refused

Top far right: Lady Mary by Master John

Jane Seymour and Lady Mary by Master John

Jane's pleadings, counseling his third wife that she would do better to "study the welfare and exaltation of her own children" than to look out "for the good of others."

Still, Jane persevered. When Mary finally signed a document declaring her mother's marriage unlawful and her father Supreme Head of the Church of England, her mission was accomplished. Though Mary was not recognized as Henry's heir, the two met in July 1536, the first time in six years with "love and affection."

At court, Jane wanted to get rid of Anne Boleyn's influence and re-establish the virtuous principles she had experienced as maid-of-honor to Catherine of Aragon. The queen insisted that her maids and ladies-in-waiting be "sober, sad, wise" and willing "to serve God and be virtuous." English gable hoods, the demure headdress favored by Catherine of Aragon, were in. The saucy French hood worn by Anne Boleyn was out.
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Intro Background Why choose this wife? Role as queen King vs. queen Love Life Children Ultimate fate