Seymour Monument, Salisbury Cathedral :: Shared Description
This large monument is to Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford, (1539-1621), nephew of Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII.
At his side is his wife Lady Catherine Grey (1540-1568), sister of Lady Jane Grey who was Queen of England for nine days in 1553. The kneeling figures are their sons Edward (Lord Beauchamp of Hache) and Thomas.
The two were married in secret, and when Catherine became pregnant they were both arrested and put in the tower. Whilst imprisoned Catherine gave birth to 2 sons!
In 1562, the marriage was annulled and the Seymours were censured as fornicators for their "carnal copulation" by the Archbishop of Canterbury's commission.
When Catherine died Edward was allowed out of the tower, but officially his children remained bastards.
In 1582 he married again in secret and was arrested, and he secretly married once more in 1601!
The monument was probably erected in 1625 and was attributed to William Wright of London.
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Created: Fri, 16 Aug 2013, Updated: Fri, 16 Aug 2013
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