Sunday, June 10, 2018

Interview with Alison Weir

Alison Weir discusses Queen Jane Seymour. From the Queen Anne Boleyn blog:
We don’t know a lot about Jane’s mother. After being an admired beauty in youth, commemorated in verse by the poet John Skelton, she took to a life of domesticity and child-rearing after marrying Sir John Seymour. It’s likely that being of gentle birth, she wanted to see her children achieve success and good marriages. Much of my portrayal of her is, of necessity, fictional.

In his poem, ‘The Garland of the Laurel’ (originally written around 1495), Skelton describes a visit he made to Sheriff Hutton Castle as the guest of Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey. The Countess of Surrey, Elizabeth Tylney, was so impressed with Skelton’s poetry that, at her behest, her daughters, Lady Elizabeth and Lady Muriel, with some other ladies – among them Margery Wentworth (later Lady Seymour) – made for him a laureate’s garland of silk, gold and pearls in honour of his talent. No one could then have dreamed that these two young ladies would give birth to future queens of England – Jane Seymour and Anne Boleyn. (Read more.)

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