Thursday, July 03, 2008

Question from Diane - Stillborn children of Henry VIII

Does anyone know where the stillborn children of Henry VIII were buried?


Elizabeth M. said...

I do know that the Henry's first son by Katherine of Aragon, the "New Year's Boy" born in 1511 and died on February 22, 1511, was supposed to have been buried in the Abbey Church of St. Peters, Westminster. As to the stillborn children, that is a good question, for Katherine of Aragon had at least four or five ill-fated pregnancies and Anne Boleyn at least two failed pregnancies after the birth of Elizabeth, one believed to be in 1534 and the other, the famous stillborn male fetus, in January, 1536.

Anonymous said...

I read in The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir that where Henry VIII and Jane Seymour were buried,they also found the coffins of Charles I and one of Anne Boleyn's stillborn children.

Lara said...

I don't have my copy of Weir's book handy at the moment, but I would suspect that the stillborn child was one of Queen Anne's, meaning the Stuart monarch (d. 1714), since she had around 10 stillborn babies. All of her children ended up dying young (one lived to about 10 years old), which always seemed so sad to me.