Anne Seymour, Duchess of Somerset

The Freelance History Writer


Anne Seymour is an interesting character from the Tudor era, wife of Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector of England under King Edward VI. She witnessed and participated in many important events at the Tudor court. She was a proponent of the Protestant religion and a benefactor of literary writers. Anne has also been the undeserved recipient of a poor reputation historically.

Born sometime in 1510, Anne was the only child of Sir Edward Stanhope and his second wife, Elizabeth Bouchier whose great-great grandmother was Lady Anne, Countess of Eu, daughter of Thomas of Woodstock, fifth son of King Edward III. So Anne had a royal pedigree of which she was very proud. Anne received an education worthy of her rank.

Anne was chosen to serve as a maid of honor to Queen Katherine of Aragon. Her future husband, Edward Seymour was knighted in 1523 and becameā€¦

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