Spotlight – Thomas Seymour

Name: Thomas Seymour

Title/s: Baron Seymour of Sudeley

Birth / Death: c.1508 – 20 March 1549 (executed)

Spouse: Katherine Parr 1512-1548

Children: Mary Seymour 1548-?

Parents: Sir John Seymour 1474-1536 and Margery Wentworth 1478-1550

Siblings: John Seymour ?-1510 / Edward Seymour Duke of Somerset c.1500-1552 / Henry Seymour 1503-1578 / Anthony Seymour ?-1528 / Jane Seymour c.1509-1537 / Margery Seymour ?-1528 / Elizabeth Paulet Marchioness of Winchester 1518-1568 / Dorothy Leventhorpe 1515-1552

Noble Connections: His sister, Jane, became Queen of England as the third wife of Henry VIII, and through this marriage he was uncle to Edward VI. His brother, Edward, was Lord Protector during the minority of Edward VI, and he married the dowager queen, Katherine Parr.

Events of their Lifetime: Death of Henry VII and accession of Henry VIII 1509, Birth of Mary I 1516, Field of the Cloth of Gold 1520, birth of Elizabeth I 1533, execution of Anne Boleyn 1536, birth of Edward VI 1537, execution of Thomas Cromwell 1540, death of Henry VIII and accession of Edward VI 1547.

Controversy: The main controversy surrounding Seymour is his relationship with Princess Elizabeth (later Elizabeth I). It has been suggested that Seymour was having an affair with Elizabeth and that she fell pregnant by him. It seems that Seymour was inappropriate towards Elizabeth, but we don’t know if the relationship went any further.

Works of Fiction:

Suzannah Dunn, The Sixth Wife (2007)

Elizabeth Fremantle, Queen’s Gambit (2013)

Philippa Gregory, The Taming of the Queen (2015)

Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies (2012)

Jean Plaidy, The Sixth Wife (1953)

C.J. Sansom, Revelation (2008)

Portrayals on Screen:

Iain Batchelor, Wolf Hall, 2015, 3 episodes

Peter Clay, Henry VIII and his Six Wives, 1972, directed by Waris Hussein

Rupert Frazer, The Prince and the Pauper, 1996, 5 episodes

Andrew McNair, The Tudors, 2009-10, 13 episodes

Miles Richardson, Elizabeth, 2000, directed by Steven Clarke

John Ronane, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, 1970, 2 episodes

Further Reading:

David Loades, The Seymours of Wolf Hall (2015)

Elizabeth Norton, Catherine Parr (2011)

Linda Porter, Katharine the Queen: the Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr (2010)

Chris Skidmore, Edward VI: the Lost King of England (2007)


Arms of Thomas Seymour


Thomas Seymour by Nicholas Denizot c.1547
Thomas Seymour by Nicholas Denizot c.1547

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