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8 January – Mary Shelton, Anne Boleyn’s cousin and lady, and Henry VIII celebrates news of Catherine of Aragon’s death

On this day in Tudor history, 8th January 1571, Mary Shelton (married names: Heveningham and Appleyard) was buried at Heveningham Church, Suffolk.

Mary Shelton was Queen Anne Boleyn's cousin and lady-in-waiting, and may also have been King Henry VIII's mistress. She also contributed to the Devonshire Manuscript with the likes of Mary Howard, Lady Margaret Douglas and Lord Thomas Howard.

Find out more about Mary Shelton in this talk...

Also on this day in history, 8th January 1536, King Henry VIII celebrated news of Catherine of Aragon's death.

Find out more about Henry VIII's celebrations in this video...

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8 January – Mary Shelton, Anne Boleyn’s cousin and lady, and Henry VIII celebrates news of Catherine of Aragon’s death