The first ever biography of Jane Seymour, Henry VIII's third wife, who died in childbirth giving the king what he craved most - a son and heir. Jane Seymour is often portrayed as meek and mild and as the most successful, but one of the least significant, of Henry VIII's wives. The real Jane was a very different character, demure and submissive yet with a ruthless streak - as Anne Boleyn was being tried for treason, Jane was choosing her wedding dress. From the lowliest origins of any of Henry's wives her rise shows an ambition every bit as great as Anne's. Elizabeth Norton tells the thrilling life of a country girl from rural Wiltshire who rose to the throne of England and became the ideal Tudor woman.
Elizabeth Norton gained her first degree from the University of Cambridge, and her Masters from the University of Oxford. Her other books include Anne Boleyn: Henry VIII's Obsession, Catherine Parr, Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Discarded Bride (all published by Amberley Publishing) and She Wolves: The Notorious Queens of England. She is currently writing England's Queens: The Biography, also for Amberley. She lives in Kingston Upon Thames.
Chapter 1: The Seymours of Wolfhall: c.1508 - late 1520s Chapter 2: Carried up to Court: Late 1520s - 1529 Chapter 3: A Time of Solitude: 1529 - 1533 Chapter 4: Mistress Seymour: August 1533 - January 1535 Chapter 5: Stealing the King's Affection: January 1535 - January 1536 Chapter 6: The King's Love and Desire: January 1536 - April 1536 Chapter 7: Queen Anne Lack-Head: 1 May 1536 - 19 May 1536 Chapter 8: Bound to Obey and Serve: Summer 1536 Chapter 9: Full of Motherly Joy: Summer - Autumn 1536 Chapter 10: An Enemy of the Gospel: Autumn 1536 Chapter 11: A Pilgrimage of Grace: October 1536 - December 1536 Chapter 12: Jane the Queen: December 1536 - Spring 1537 Chapter 13: Delivered of a Son: February 1537 - 15 October 1537 Chapter 14: The Death of Queen Jane: 16 October 1537 - 13 November 1537 Chapter 15: Continued a Widower Notes Bibliography List of illustrations Index