Above: Emilia Fox as Jane Seymour in the two part British television drama, Henry VIII (2003).
"... in all fairness, it seems as unnecessary to blame Jane for Anne's unhappiness as it is to blame Anne for Katherine of Aragon's. The unifying factor, after all, is not Katherine, Anne or Jane, but Henry, whose persecution of his eldest daughter, Mary, actually got worse after Anne died and he married Jane, which suggests to me that the old Spanish-propagated chestnut that Anne was responsible for Mary Tudor's misery whilst Jane was responsible for her restoration is at best wishful thinking, at worst outright lies... Jane Seymour was, quite simply, a woman of her times who found herself unexpectedly hand-picked by the King of England to succeed his disgraced wife in a time of chaos and intrigue almost unprecedented in British history and, whatever one might think about her background or accomplishments, she was apparently the woman best-suited to become Henry VIII's third queen in the terrible summer of 1536. How happy she was to be in the days after she was waited on hand and foot in her Chelsea mansion, however, is another matter entirely."
In the post I wrote last year on Jane Seymour's return to London, I stated that Anne Boleyn's use of crimson clothing throughout her downfall was deliberate and a nod at medieval colour coding of martyrdoms. Looking back on it now, I take the point of a friend that I may have been wrong and the Queen may, quite simply, have liked the colour. I don't know, but it's good to be reminded that sometimes we can look too hard at history.
Anyway, here is the post for May 14th 1536.