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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
30th May 1536: Jane Seymour marries Henry VIII
Jane Seymour was likely born at Wulfhall, Savernake Forest, Wiltshire, the daughter of Sir John Seymour and Margery Wentworth. Through her maternal grandfather, she was a descendant of King Edward III's son Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence. Because of this, she and King Henry VIII were fifth cousins. She shared a great-grandmother, Elizabeth Cheney, with his second and fifth wives, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard.
She was not educated as highly as King Henry's previous wives, Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. She could read and write a little, but was much better at needlework and household management, which were considered much more necessary for women. Jane's needlework was reported to be beautiful and elaborate; some of her work survived as late as 1652, when it is recorded to have been given to the Seymour family.
She became a maid-of-honour in 1532 to Queen Catherine, but may have served her as early as 1527, and went on to serve Queen Anne. The first report of Henry VIII's interest in Jane Seymour was in early 1536, some time before Catherine's death.
Jane was highly praised for her gentle, peaceful nature, being referred to as "gentle a lady as ever I knew" by John Russell and being named as "the Pacific" by the Imperial Ambassador Eustace Chapuys for her peacemaking efforts at court. According to Chapuys, Jane was of middling stature and very pale; he also commented that she was not of much beauty. However, John Russell stated that Jane was "the fairest of all the King's wives." Polydore Vergil commented that she was "a woman of the utmost charm in both character and appearance." She was regarded as a meek, gentle, simple, and chaste woman, whose large family made her a suitable candidate to give birth to many children.
Henry VIII was betrothed to Jane on 20 May 1536, just one day after Anne Boleyn's execution. The couple married at the Palace of Whitehall, Whitehall, London, in the Queen's closet by Bishop Gardiner on 30 May 1536. She was publicly proclaimed as queen consort on 4 June 1536. She was never crowned because of plague in London, where the coronation was to take place. Henry may have been reluctant to crown Jane before she had fulfilled her duty as a queen consort by bearing him a son and a male heir.
Jane risked Henry's wrath by petitioning him to restore his first child, Princess Mary, to court and to the royal succession, behind any children that Jane might have with Henry. Jane brought up the issue of Mary's restoration both before and after she became Queen. While Jane was unable to restore Mary to the line of succession, she was able to reconcile her with Henry. Eustace Chapuys wrote to Charles V of Jane's compassion and efforts on behalf of Mary's return to favour. A letter from Mary to Jane shows that Mary was grateful to Jane. While it was Jane who first pushed for the restoration, Mary and Elizabeth were not reinstated to the succession until Henry's sixth wife, Queen Catherine Parr, convinced him to do so.
In late 1536, Jane became pregnant. She went into confinement in September 1537 and gave birth to the coveted male heir, the future King Edward VI, at two o'clock in the morning on 12 October 1537 at Hampton Court Palace. Edward was christened on 15 October 1537, without his mother in attendance, as was the custom. Both of the King's daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, were present and carried the infant's train during the ceremony.
Jane Seymour's labour had been difficult, lasting two nights and three days, probably because the baby was not well positioned. After the christening, it became clear that Jane was seriously ill. Jane Seymour died on 24 October 1537 at Hampton Court Palace at Kingston upon Thames.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Quality Missus Time
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I'm not sure whether it was Shadow The Cat, triumphantly yowling after bringing in its latest kill, or whether I'm still dealing Saturday's events, but either way I was again up at the ridiculously early time of 4am. Fortunately, if you're going to have disturbed sleep, a "slob day", for which today is earmarked, is a good day to have it on, as it's ideal for rest and recovery. It did also mean I got plenty of "me time"
Yesterday an ad for a "dead-end job" nearly turned my head. Just round the corner, it offered increased reliable income at the expense of a lot of time. I consulted Missus. A Paranoid-Schizophrenic she may be, but capable of Pearls of Wisdom she still is. Her response: "Right now, you're very happy, which makes me happy. If you took this job, you'd soon become unhappy, so why change things?"
Brilliant. Irrefutable logic. I was humbled and grateful.
It's great to see Son out and about, either working or socializing. His former long-distance relationship kept him cooped-up in his room for unhealthy prolonged periods. His increased absence also allows a more relaxed quality time with Missus, as Son does not approve of the weirder and more intimate aspects of our marriage taking place around him - understandably! As his former relationship was clearly in hindsight never a goer anyway, it's therefore a win-win all round.
On Tuesday, reality kicks back in and I must get stuff done and fight battles, but that's for tomorrow. Today, it's me, Missus and cats just chillin' and doing our thing
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you know what the sources of happiness are?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, cloudy and mild
1019 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
My first live-in girlfriend told me to put some magic into our relationship, so I disappeared :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Natasha Leggero - miscellaneous amusing gags
Because it was formerly an independent country, Texas flies the State Flag at the same height as the USA Flag
9. ZEN WISDOM
The only valid excuse not to be relentless in the pursuit of goals is that you have been killed.