The second in ‘The Forgotten Tudor Women’ series looks at the lives of Anne Seymour, Jane Dudley and Elisabeth Parr. Three women who’s stories have only previously been covered in relation to the Queens they served and the role of their husbands.
Soberton’s highly readable narrative brings them to the foreground in a clear account of how these women navigated and survived the turmoil of the Tudor court. If fate had been different, Jane Dudley might have been mother-in-law to the Queen of England or Anne Seymour, grandmother to the King. Instead we see the roles they played as their fortunes rose and fell and they are no longer just footnotes in the wider events of Tudor history.