Although the details are not known, it seems clear that Jane was privately educated before her marriage. Her keen intelligence allowed her essentially to re-create herself. She read widely, became proficient in French and later Italian, and was an accomplished pianist. Her manners and speech became refined to such an extent that contemporaries referred to her manner as ‘regal’ or ‘queenly’. Jane Burden married William Morris on 26 April 1859 at St Michael's Church, Oxford.