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A portrait of Jane Seymour comes to life in a gallery and talks to the night time security guard about her life. For six years, Jane Seymour had been the lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn. Henry wrote her love letters and wanted her to be his girlfriend, but Jane was not willing while Henry was married. Eventually, Anne Boleyn was beheaded and 11 days later, in May 1536, Jane Seymour and Henry VIII were married. Henry was now 45 years old, his belly was growing at an alarming rate and his hair was starting to fall out. Jane did not mind this; in her opinion Anne Boleyn had been a bad influence on Henry and so she made it her duty to change him back again. Edward was born on 11 October 1537. After 28 years and three marriages Henry finally had what he wanted - a male heir to the throne and a happy marriage. But just 12 days later, Jane Seymour died from postnatal complications. Henry regarded her as his best wife, and when he died, he wanted to be buried next to her.
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28 September 2007

Classroom Ideas

Before viewing the clip, ask pupils to note down, as they watch, any historical facts that appear. In the clip, Jane Seymour gives a comic account of her life as one of Henry VIII's wives. After viewing, gather and list all the facts presented in the clip. Challenge pupils to script comic sketches of their own about the lives of other figures in Henry's reign, such as his wives and his ministers. Each script must contain at least ten bona fide historical facts. The children could perform their sketches to the class, or share them in a school assembly.

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