Study Guide

Madge Shelton in The Other Boleyn Girl

By Philippa Gregory

Madge Shelton

Born: c. 1500, Died: c. 1571
Known for: Maybe having a twin sister, maybe not; having an affair with Henry VIII; being involved in the circle of men executed around the same time as Anne. (Source)

A Newer Model

As Mary and Anne rapidly approach old age (i.e., their late twenties), they need to be replaced with newer, young models in the king's bed. Enter Madge Shelton, distant cousin to Mary and Anne. She enters the court as wide-eyed and innocent as Mary once was—which, in fact, allows Mary to see just how naïve she once was.

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