In 1536, there were two Anne Boleyns in the Tower of London. One was a queen who helped inspire the English Reformation and stood accused of treason; the other was the aunt whose testimony may have helped to convict her. Lady Anne Shelton, née Boleyn, was the sister of the queen’s father, Thomas Boleyn and the mother of one of Henry VIII’s alleged mistresses. She was to play a critical role during the reign and fall of Henry’s second queen – who was her namesake and who became her nemesis.
Joseph S. Block, “Shelton Family,” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, (28 September 2006).
Greg Walker, “Rethinking the Fall of Anne Boleyn,” The Historical Journal, 45:1 (2002): 1-29.
Alison Weir, The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn, Ballantine Books, (2010).
Tudor Political Culture, ed. Dale Hoak, Cambridge University Press, (1995).
Blickling Estate [Blickling Hall].
Tower of London.
Lady Anne Boleyn Shelton in the stained glass window of the Church of St. Mary.
Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, father of Anne, Mary, and George Boleyn.
The Tower of London.
Blickling Hall, Norfolk.
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