Becoming Elizabeth on Starz

Anyone who has known me for even a short amount of time knows that I am interested in telling the true story behind Thomas Seymour. In 2016 I chose Thomas Seymour as the figure from Tudor history that I wanted to research and write about. At the time, I was unfamiliar with the entire story, but there was something so fascinating about it that I could not step away.

After six years of transcribing and reading original documents held at the National Archives – Kew, I feel well equipped to debunk any falsehoods regarding Thomas Seymour.

Let’s begin by looking at the trailer, shall we?

Inaccuracy #1

When Henry VIII died on 28 January 1547, his son Edward was at Hertford House. His uncle Edward Seymour, then Earl of Hertford, and Sir Anthony Browne retrieved the young king and brought him to Enfield Palace, where his half-sister Elizabeth was. At Enfield, the two siblings were informed of their father’s death. Mary was not present. The opening sequence of the trailer clearly shows all three children together when they were informed. Is this an intentional oversight for dramatic purposes? If we’ve learned anything from Starz, then yes, yes it is. I wish I could be a historical consultant for a series like this and show them that the real history is even more interesting – we don’t need to create one for ratings. The Tudors, or Seymours in this case, knew how to do that all on their own!

I’ll be honest, most of what I’ve seen in the trailer shows me that the show creators chose to turn a large portion of the story in the Thomas/Elizabeth affair. As more is revealed to us I will be as transparent as I can about what really happened.

The Queen’s Presence Chamber – Sudeley

My effort to uncover the true Thomas Seymour has led me to Sudeley Castle once again. While reading The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor, by Elizabeth Norton, I discovered that the Queen’s Presence Chamber had windows that ran floor to ceiling and made you feel like you were outside in the Queen’s Garden when you stood in the bay window.

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Thomas the Diplomat and the Siege of Pest

During my continual research of Thomas Seymour I have come across a many letters that he wrote during his diplomatic missions. I will be honest, when I first found these letters I glanced at them and my eyes instantly glazed over. Most of these letters contained what I considered a bunch of military jargon that made little sense to me.

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Seymour Place: First Home of Thomas Seymour

There is not much known about Thomas Seymour’s early years. Historian and author, David Loades believed that when Thomas first came to court (sometime between 1525-1530) that he may have rented a place in London. But once his sister Jane became Queen we can assume that he always had a place at court.

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Uncovering the Face of Thomas Seymour

All that’s left is history. Letters to his king and his wife give us small insight into the man – it is what others had to say about him that have left a lasting impression.

Thomas Seymour had blue eyes, red hair and a long red beard and mustache. He was described as “…fierce in courage, courtly in fashion, in personage stately, in voice magnificent but somewhat empty of matter².” 

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Thomas Seymour’s Sudeley Castle

This history of Sudeley Castle goes back centuries. It’s majestic gardens were once visited by the likes of Richard III, Jasper Tudor, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr and Lady Jane Grey.

It 1469, King Edward IV forced a Lancastrian supporter (his enemies) to sell the castle to the crown. Edward IV then granted it to his younger brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester (future Richard III) who held it for nine years and then it reverted back to the crown because he exchanged it for another castle.

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Nomination for Knight of the Garter

The Most Noble Order of the Garter was founded by King Edward III in 1348 and was the highest honor obtainable. Edward III inaugurated the Order of the Garter with a great feast and joust.

The Order had a 24-man limit. As members died, were removed or beheaded, they made way for new members. The Sovereign alone could choose the inductees but members would nominate the possible replacements.

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Tomb of Sir John Seymour: Father of Thomas

Sir John Seymour was reburied by his grandson, Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford at the Great Bedwyn Church in 1590. The tomb displays the heraldic escutcheons, with a Seymour’s effigy on top which is fully dressed in armor with hands in prayer, his head resting on his helm from which projects the sculpted Seymour crest of a pair of wings. His feet rest on a lion and a sword lies by his side. Continue reading “Tomb of Sir John Seymour: Father of Thomas”

Welcome to the Site Dedicated to Thomas Seymour

Thank you so much for visiting this website whose focus is solely  on the life and death of Sir Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley.

My name is Rebecca and I am best known as the owner of but have decided in the last six months to put a bigger focus on Thomas Seymour and discovering who he was as a person. Was he really the villain that history has made him out to be?

Thomas is the topic of a book that I am currently working on. This is will be my first book. I’d like to say it will be historical fiction but I am unsure at this point if it will reach all the guidelines necessary to earn that genre. It will be filled with historical events and letters with a sprinkling of fiction to help carry the story along.

During my research I feel like I have discovered what I believe to be the true Thomas Seymour and I cannot wait to share him with all of you.

Thank you so much for dropping by and don’t forget to follow the blog so you do not miss out on new posts!