Lady Rochford

Joanne King

Jane Boleyn, known at court as Lady Rochford, was sister-in-law to Anne Boleyn. When Queen Anne was accused of adultery, Lady Rochford testified against her own husband George, alleging that he had been involved in an incestuous affair with his sister Anne. After their executions, Lady Rochford’s status fell, but she soon returned to court as lady-in-waiting to Jane Seymour and continued in the service of Henry’s subsequent wives Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard. Lady Rochford became quite close with Katherine and aided the queen in arranging romantic trysts with Thomas Culpepper. But when the affair surfaced, she was found guilty of “misprision of treason,” imprisoned in the Tower of London where she gradually grew insane and finally beheaded along with Katherine.

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