It’s safe to say that Jane Seymour (1509-1537, NOT Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman) had sufficient warning that her husband was a narcissistic sell-out. She married him only a short time after he had his second wife, Anne Boleyn, beheaded (see previous post.) Some believe Jane was strategically placed in Henry VIII’s presence specifically to draw him away from Anne.

For years she led such a passive existence that there is no record of her even speaking until she did what the first two wives could not— deliver a male heir. Her marital servitude did not get her far. Jane died a few days after giving birth due to an infection. When asked if whether they should save the mother or the child, Henry said “let the child live, for other wives are easily found.”

Although he married 3 more women in his time, Henry is buried next to only woman that gave him a son, Jane.