On this day, 480 years ago, Henry VIII’s third wife Jane Seymour dies in Hampton court palace, not long after the birth of their new born son Edward VI.
Jane was taken to her chamber to birth the king son on 16th September 1537, where she then went into labour on 9th or 10th October, the actual date is unsure. It is suggest that Jane’s labour has lasted around 30 hours! (poor woman). At 2am on 12th October 1537 she gave birth to the Kings son, one that would actually live till the age of 16 after just 6 years of reigning as King. After the birth, Jane was well enough to see people after the birth in her chambers which was then followed her son’s christening on 15th October but this was when the Queen then fell ill. And it is thought that Jane died of puerperal fever which is known as “childbed fever”. It is said to have broken the Kings heart, for he went into confinement for a long period of time, not long after her death.
With love, Charlotte x