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Jane Seymour

ane Seymour was the ideal 16th century woman -- silent, subservient and sweet-tempered. Contemporary accounts extoll Jane's virtue. They rave less about her looks. Eustace Chapuys, the Spanish ambassador, described Jane "of middle stature and no great beauty." Apparently, her beautiful, pale complexion was not enough to offset her large nose, small eyes and compressed lips.

It was Jane Seymour's virtuous and gentle nature that attracted the king for she was indeed a "plain Jane." Yet, she, like Anne Boleyn, had lured the king away from his wife. But while Anne would be portrayed as a witch, Jane would be forever remembered as a saint.

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