Name: John Shelton
Note: Died age 62
Death: 21 DEC 1539
Burial: Shelton, Norfolk
Occupation: Governor of the Household of Hen VIII 1
MEM: St. Mary's Church, Shelton, Norfolk, window with effigies of him and his wife.
Change Date: 1 MAY 2008
In charge of Queen Elizabeth?s household when she was a child.
Sir John was living in 1492 but had died before his wife died in 1500. [These dates must refer to Sir Ralph, John?s father?]
Knight of the Bath to Henry VIII at his coronation.
Sir John's wife, Anne Boleyn, was an aunt to Anne Boleyn the second wife of Henry VIII.
Sir John and Anne Boleyn Shelton were great-uncle and aunt to Queen Elizabeth the First. Princess Elizabeth was a protestant and the center of suspicion by her half-sister Queen Mary I (daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon). History records that the Sheltons were very good to Elizabeth when she was still a princess even to the receiving of her into their home at Shelton. She was even hid on several occasions in the tower of Shelton Church. She had her own pew in Shelton Church.
The Sheltons were summoned to London when Elizabeth was crowned Queen and they lived with her at the palace, and their descendents lived at the Court for her entire reign. Sir John was Governor of the Household of the King. His wife, Anne Boleyn Shelton, was governess to Princess Mary who later became Queen.
It was this Sir John Shelton who glazed the east window of St. Mary'sChurch in Shelton, Norfolk, with effigies of himself and hiswife. In devotional attitude, each figure is covered with a surcoat of the respective arms.
Sir John had the grant of Carrow Abbey, Norfolk, where he displayed a very fine collection of Shelton Armorial Glass.
After Anne and Henry's marriage was ruled invalid, Elizabeth, like her older half-sister Mary, was declared a bastard. Stripped of her title, she was called, simply, Lady Elizabeth. Although Elizabeth was only two years old at the time,she noted the difference and asked Sir John Shelton, who was in charge of her household, "how hath it, yesterday Lady Princess, and today but Lady Elizabeth?"
(THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII Online, Thirteen/WNET New York.)
Father: Ralph Shelton
Mother: Margaret Clere b: 1436 in Ormesby, Norfolk
- Mary Shelton b: 1512
- Anne Shelton
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Author: Norvan L Johnston