Category Archives: Sixteenth Century

This Week in History: The Death of Jane Seymour

It could be said that King Henry VIII of England went through wives like tissues. I mean, seriously! After Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn (his first and second wives respectively) kicked the bucket in 1536, good ol’ King Hal wed Lady Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour of Wolf Hall in Wiltshire (a county in southwest England) just two weeks after the execution of Anne Boleyn in London.

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Family of Love

(Editor’s note: Rosemarie was one of the first people I met when I studied overseas two years ago, and she and I have remained in pretty good contact since then. She’s going to become a regular contributor to the blog (since I’m a pretty persuasive person like that), and she’ll provide not only international flair but also another voice! ūüôā )

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Holy is as Holy Does: Elizabeth Barton, the Nun of Kent

Holy is as holy does…

One would think that during the religiously and politically chaotic times of the 1530s in England, many people would learn to NOT incite the wrath of a vengeful monarch. But, no, many people tempted Madame Fate by actually disagreeing with their lovingly gentle and just monarch King Henry VIII, especially on the issue of his desire for an annulment of his marriage to the saintly Catherine of Aragon. With many people losing their heads and quite literally losing their own heads over “the Great Matter”, it must certainly have been an interesting period of time during which to live.

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