Jane Seymour came from an ancient noble family and became a lady-in-waiting to both Queen Catherine of Aragon and Queen Anne Boleyn in the court of Henry VIII. After Anne's failure to produce a male heir, Henry began to court Jane. They were betrothed just a day after Anne's beheading, and he married her just ten days later.
During her time in the palace, she saw the tumultuous relations at court, the intrigue, manipulation, and betrayal especially during the final days of Anne Boleyn. What she learned from these events may never be known, but she must have been wary of being openly involved with the king while he was still married to Anne. Her brother Edward was apparently complicit in her secret meetings with Henry, as his apartment was connected to the king's by a secret passage.
Jane had little time as queen, because just 12 days after giving birth to Edward VI, the future Tudor king, she died of puerperal fever, a common ailment of new mothers due to the lack of hygiene and good medical practice.
She is remembered kindly by the English as a lady who stood in direct contrast to the flamboyant Anne, and as the only wife of Henry who gave birth to a king. Henry honored her memory by not marrying again for three years and instructing that he be buried next to her.
For many, the reign of King Henry VIII is seen as licentious and outrageous. He broke every rule in his quest for an heir to solidify the Tudor line of kings. Ironically, the greatest monarch of England, in fact, is thought by many to be Henry's daughter with Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth I. She ruled England with the same power and will of her father and the cleverness and passion of her mother.
From a Unificationist view, true lineage is seen as essential in establishing the family of God. While Henry did play an important part in establishing the Protestant revolution in England, which led to later religious freedom and human rights, Henry's direct bloodline ended with Queen Elizabeth.
A recurring theme in the teachings of Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon
is: "true love, true life and true lineage." True love consists of absolute sexual purity before marriage, absolute fidelity to one's spouse, raising children in the tradition of true love, and thus producing a lineage which can link directly to God. In Reverend Moon's view, this ideal of the true family is the means by which we create not a mere external monarchy
such as Henry VIII sought to perpetuate, but the Kingdom of Heaven
on Earth, lasting through eternity into the spirit world.