I read somewhere that the Victorians were obssessed with the Tudors and that their views of the six wives have strongly influenced what we believe about them today. Do you know where I can get more information on what the Victorians thought of Elizabeth and Anne Boleyn in particular?
That is true, the Victorians were very interested in Henry VIII's six wives and figures like Lady Jane Grey and did romanticize them. The writer and poet Agnes Strickland is, in my opinion, the main source from this period. She wrote "Lives of the Queens of England", a twelve volume book, which can be read online by searching for Agnes Strickland on www.archive.org. Selina Bunbury's "Star of the Court" about Anne Boleyn is also worth a read and that is available online.