Jane Seymour was King Henry’s third wife, and she was his favorite. He grieved for months after her untimely death from infection, two weeks after she gave birth to his son and heir, Prince Edward.
He began secretly courting her when it was obvious that Anne Boleyn wouldn’t produce an heir, and Anne’s rebellious nature was wearing thin. Jane’s personality was the mirror opposite of Anne’s, which must have felt like a breath of fresh air for Henry. She was obedient and dutiful, and compassionate as well ~ encouraging Henry to reinstate her step-daughter, Mary, to the line of succession.
Although they were married less than two years, she was the only queen to receive a royal funeral, and Henry asked to be buried beside her upon his death.
“Jane Seymour” is an acrylic painting from my series of cat portraits featuring the Wives of Henry VIII, part of the “Tudor Cats Collection”.
Archival prints of Jane Seymour Cat can be purchased in my shop, and from me personally at art shows.