I think I’m going to do my historical fiction and make Jane Seymour the focus. I really don’t know too much about her, other than a couple books I’ve read about Henry and his wives. It would be a great chance to learn more about her. I’m not sure what I want to focus on, but right now, I’m thinking about doing something in relation to her becoming queen.
I also like the idea of something about Anne of Cleves or Katherine Howard, so I’ll probably read up on them as well in case the Jane Seymour thing doesn’t work out. I love history, especially Tudor England, so I can see myself focusing more on the research and not enough on the actual writing. In the spirit of trying new things, though, I’ll have to overcome it, and just go for it. At some I’ll have to focus more on writing…all I need for a rough draft is some of the basics about the period. If I decide it’s something I want to keep working on, then I’ll have something to edit.
I think I might to have to take a look at Anne Boleyn- at least towards the end of her marriage with Henry, because that’s when the overlap with Jane Seymour is. But for the most part, I just want to know about Jane, and who she really is. She tends to be portrayed as Anne Boleyn’s opposite, and while it seems to be an accurate portrayal, I really just want to know about her. Her childhood I want to know more about, as well as how Henry noticed her and decided he had to marry her.
Unfortunately, David Starkey just glossed over her, so his book wasn’t particularly helpful. I’m definitely going to see if there’s anything specifically about her; otherwise, I’ll probably stick to Alison’s Weir biography of Henry’s wives. I might try reading Antonia Frasier’s biography too.