Jane, the Queen, Third Consort of King Henry VIII

Author: Gross, Pamela
Year:1999
Pages:240
ISBN:0-7734-8204-0
978-0-7734-8204-3
Price:179.95
This is the first single volume to concentrate solely on Jane Seymour, her family, her rise to favor against the Boleyn/Howard factions at court, the politics, religion and Queen's Household, and her ultimate triumph as queen and mother of Henry's long-sought heir. Presents a historiography of the queen from her own time to the present. Many illustrations.

"With the trend of films and television to nowadays twist ‘History' to fit the drama , we now have a benchmark to judge past and future efforts. My congratulations go to the author who has persevered in finding the facts from hidden records, so many others of which have, regrettably, been lost over the intervening centuries. She has then assembled them into a very readable and lively account which I commend." – from the Foreword by His Grace, the Duke of Somerset (descendent of the Seymour family)

". . . a treatise which reflects the result of superb scholarship and difficult historical research. . . . Its subject has hitherto been almost invisible in serious literature because her life was inaccessible to straightforward historical research techniques. . . . Professor Gross has spent years slowly removing the shroud of anonymity surrounding Seymour. The result is an important scholarly work that traces the personal impact of Jane Seymour as well as the influence of the Seymour lineage exerted in the future of the monarchy. . . . the reader will be treated to solid research and delightful writing. From the hallmark quote setting the stage for each chapter to the commendable research that reveals for the first time an important, but previously obscure, historical figure, Jane the Quene is worthy of the close attention of serious scholars.." – J. Thomas Gilmore, president, Adams State College

Reviews

"One of the most appealing aspects of this book is the way Dr. Gross places the life of Jane Seymour within the broader context of the Tudor court, as well as the political and international events that shaped the reign of Henry VIII. . . . [the chapter on historiography] gives us a glimpse not just at the Queen's image throughout history, but at the art of writing history itself. This is seldom done, and it reminds us that history is fluid and evolving." – Orlando J. Perez

"It will surely be well received by Tudor-Stuart historians and by all those with an interest in the social and political history of Renaissance monarchies. . . . In addition to examining the elusive figure of Jane, this book also gives us a sharply observed account of life at Henry's court. Readers gain a sense of the intrigues, the etiquette, and routines that constituted the world of the court. . . reconstruction of the ‘women's world' of the Queen's household stands out as especially vivid and insightful. The concluding discussion of Jane's characterization (and mischaracterization) by writers from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries will be a great help to historians working on this period." – Doug Yarman

"The amount of research that had to go into this manuscript for such an obscure subject had to be extensive: thorough, precise, intense and I am sure frustrating since there has not been a single volume thus far solely dedicated to Queen Jane Seymour. . . . very readable and found it helpful that Dr. Gross explained in her footnotes the Sixteenth century terms the author used that were unfamiliar. . . . will surely be a great asset to English historians and non-historians as well." – Daniel A. Lapinski

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Foreword by His Grace, the Duke of Somerset

1.Origins: The Lady Jane Seymour of Wolf Hall

2.‘Mistress Semel': Claiming the Crown

3.Jane the Quene: The Hour of Triumph

4.The Uncrowned Queen: A Royal Woman's World

5.In Her Image: Queen Jane Characterized (Historiography) – Portraits, heraldry, illustrations

Appendix 1. The Queen's Household

Appendix 2. The Queen's Lands

Appendix 3. The Queen's Letters

Appendix 4. Jane's Needlework

Appendix 5. The Ballads

Appendix 6. The Northern Rebellion