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The English Queen in Wiltshire

February 1, 2021 12:52 pm

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Celebrated in the historical novel Wulfhall by Dame Hilary Mantel the life of Jane Seymour was certainly an interesting one. She was one of wastrel King Henry the Eighth’s many wives. She seems to be the only one that he was truly keen on being given a proper Queens funeral as opposed to all the others. She was born in Wulfhall in Wiltshire and while the site is no longer standing she certainly has the tracts of a strong Wiltshire lass as only living there can produce. Just ask the residents of Wiltshire Park Homes they can soon tell you. But, dont take our word for it go to http://www.parkhomelife.com/our-parks/blunsdon-abbey-park-homes-swindon-wiltshire/ and take a look at what they offer.

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The main reason that Henry was happy with Jane Seymour was that she was a nice safe bet after the car crash of a marriage that he’d had with Anne Boyeln. Anne was sweet, young and pretty but she did not give him a male heir. After he’d had her beheaded (all part of Thomas Cromwell’s revenge plan for the death of his mate the Cardinal Wolsey if Dame Mantel’s book is to be believed) Henry was keen on a pretty young model again. He struck lucky with Jane, being introduced at Wulfhall. Even better she produced the sickly Edward the Sixth with him giving him the male heir he was after.

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Sadly she died from postnatal complications (Tudor surgery not being up to much) and this seems to have deeply saddened the rotund Monarch sufficiently enough for her to be given a full state funeral. He soon moved onto Anne of Cleeves but was really after the 17 year old Catherine Howard. However, he never forgot the Wiltshire girl.

 

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