Eng­land’s over­looked queen

BBC History Magazine - - Letters -

I en­joyed the ar­ti­cle on Jane Sey­mour ( Books in­ter­view, June). Jane has of­ten been over­looked, de­spite the fact she lived through some of the most tur­bu­lent events in Eng­land’s his­tory. She is of­ten thought of as bor­ing be­cause she was so re­served but I be­lieve she had a mind and per­son­al­ity of her own. She was brave and stood up for what she be­lieved in, but also knew when not to push her hus­band, Henry VIII.

I don’t be­lieve she was re­spon­si­ble for Anne Bo­leyn’s death. I be­lieve that Jane thought the mar­riage would be an­nulled and Anne sent off to a con­vent. No one, ex­cept per­haps Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell, saw her ex­e­cu­tion com­ing.

I al­ways en­joy new in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Jane in fic­tion. I hope th­ese will en­cour­age other his­to­ri­ans to look back and pro­duce more books on one of Eng­land’s most mys­te­ri­ous queens. Carol-Ann John­ston, Carlisle

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