King Henry VIII is famous for a few things but perhaps most notably for his numerous wives and his penchant for beheading them. Archaeologists recently made a new discovery connected to the famous English king and the third of his wives, Jane Seymour. Archaeologists were working on the sight of Wolf Hall when they found new evidence linking the famous couple to the site.
Henry and Jane
Henry VIII was first introduced to Jane Seymour on a visit to her family’s estate in 1535. She became Henry’s mistress shortly before the execution of Anne Boleyn, his second wife.
Henry VIII married Jane Seymour on May 30th, 1536, just 11 days after Anne Boleyn’s execution. She gave Henry his first living male heir on October 12th, 1537 but sadly perished of postnatal complications less than two weeks after the birth. She was given a queen’s funeral, the only one of Henry VIII’s wives to receive the honor.
Modern Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall still exists today, updated to a contemporary mansion. While it had long been speculated that the modern home stood on the same grounds as Jane Seymour’s family mansion, also called Wolf Hall, there was no hard evidence to prove this.
Archaeologists have been trying to pinpoint the ancient manor’s exact grounds since 2010 when the release of a historical novel with strong ties to the house was released.
A 20-month excavation at the contemporary Wolf Hall uncovered the remains of Tudor-era sewers, foundations for two towers and numerous small pieces of archaeological evidence that points not only to this being the sight of the Seymour mansion, but specifically to Henry VIII’s visit.
Among the unearthed ruins were traces of foods that would only be served at a feast held to someone accorded the highest honors. Archaeologists hope to use the new evidence to recreate the ancient Wolf Hall’s appearance, and the family that currently owns the modern mansion wants to restore it and turn it into a tourist attraction.