Mark Smeaton

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Mark Smeaton (c. 1512–1536) was a musician at the court of King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn, having previously been a boy choristor in Cardinal Wolsey's choir.

In 1536 the King was seeking to get rid of his wife by accusing her of adultery, which would be regarded as high treason. Smeaton was one of the men accused of having sex with Anne Boleyn, and confessed to this under torture. His confession was almost certainly false, but he (like the queen) was nonetheless condemned to death and executed.

It has been suggested that Seaton may have been gay,[1] and possibly had a sexual relationship with Anne Boleyn's brother George,[2] as portrayed in the TV series The Tudors.


  1. Richard Bevan, "Anne Boleyn and the Downfall of her Family: Accusations" BBC History, 1 May 2001
  2. Retha M Warnicke The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn Cambridge University Press, 1989