Tuesday, 10 June 2014

BBC History Magazine: Jane Seymour

BBC History Magazine were kind enough to ask me to contribute a second piece for their excellent Kings and Queens in Profile series. You can find my article on Jane Seymour on their website now.

I find Jane fascinating. I think we didn't see the best of her, thanks to the fact that she died so young. If Jane had lived, her position as queen was guaranteed - Henry VIII would never have risked discarding the mother of his only legitimate son. In January 1547 she would have become regent for Edward VI. Who knows what she would have done or achieved?

There are very few sources for Jane but those that exist hint that she was very far from the meek and mild woman she is usually portrayed as.

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