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Mary Boleyn, as played by Perdita Weeks
UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTER QUOTES
DEFINING EPISODES | MEMORABLE SCENES
| born c. 1499 - died July 19, 1543 |
Character's backstory: famous for being the mistress of two kings, Francis I and Henry VIII. Older sister of Anne Boleyn (evidence from a letter written by Mary's grandson to Elizabeth I, claiming the Ormonde title on the basis of Mary being the elder sister; Elizabeth accepted the claim). When she was still a young girl, her father secured her a position as a maid of honor to Mary Tudor in 1514 when she was to journey to France to become the wife of Louis XII. Mary remained in Paris after the wedding and stayed at court until she was recalled in 1519. There were rumours at the time that the reason Mary's family recalled her home was due to her numerous scandalous affairs with various men at the French court, including Francis I and his courtiers. Mary was wed to Sir William Carey, a minor noble and third cousin of Henry VIII, in February of 1520 at Greenwich, a match arranged by their two families and attended by the king. On the 2nd March 1522, the Shrovetide joust had the theme of unrequited love and Henry VIII rode out on a horse decorated with a wounded heart and wearing the motto “elle mon coeur a navera”, meaning “she has wounded my heart”. Henry began an affair which probably lasted from about 1522 until she became pregnant with her second child in 1525.
After (some say during) her affair with the king she gave birth to two children, Catherine and Henry, whom her husband William Carey claimed as his own. Mary was widowed in 1528 when her husband died of illness. She later remarried a commoner, Sir William Stafford. See below *
Gentility: daughter of Sir Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, and Lady Elizabeth Howard, daughter of the 2nd Duke of Norfolk
Position: maid of honor to Princess Mary Tudor, Lady in Waiting to Queen Katherine of Aragon
Personality type: flirtatious, scandal seems to follow her where ever she goes. Mary was considered more conventionally beautiful than Anne but lacked her sister's style intellect, and wit. Rash and emotional.
Signature look: appearance unknown, but likely attractive and fairer than her younger sister. Said to be the fair Boleyn with light complexion and golden hair, the opposite of her sister Anne. One portrait, a late copy of an early original, survives: hair colour is unknown, but she has large dark eyes.
Endearing trait(s): probably married her second husband, Stafford, (1534) out of love despite her family disowning her as a result. Both Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn were outraged at her not following protocol; Henry VIII was offended at having an obscure member of the minor gentry as his brother-in-law. The Staffords spent the remainder of their live residing in the countryside. Mary had several children by Stafford. Upon Lady Rochford's (George Boleyn's wife) death in 1542, she inherited the entirety of the Boleyn fortune.
Annoying trait(s):A certain brashness in flouting convention by having affairs & a lack of ambition.
Nicknames: "The English Mare" - Francis I, King of France described her as "una grandissima ribalda, infame sopra tutti" ("a great prostitute, infamous above all")
“As Mary followed her mistress to each of these
exciting places, her beauty ensured that she
would never be short of suitors sighing after her.
It was a heady time which Mary, free of her father’s guiding influence for the first time,
was determined to enjoy to the full.”
~ Josephine Wilkinson - about Mary's time in France as a maid of honour to Henry's sister Mary
“the impression we gain from the scant sources on her is of a kind, loving woman who followed her heart”
~ Kelly Hart's Mistresses of Henry VIII
“a placid, unremarkable girl”
~ David Starkey
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Father: Sir Thomas Boleyn
Mother: Lady Elizabeth Howard (sister of Sir Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk)
Brother: Sir George Boleyn
Sister: Anne Boleyn
Cousin : Madge Sheldon
Cousin : Katherine Howard
mistress to King Francis I and King Henry VIII
wife to Sir William Carey (1520 - 1528 his death)
wife to William Stafford (1534 - 1543 her death) - Stafford was a commoner with no rank and small income. A love match, as evidenced by the letter she wrote to Sir Thomas Cromwell (at right).
Daughter: Catherine Carey, Lady Knollys (b. c. 1524 - 1568)
Son: Henry Carey, Baron Hunsdon (b. 1526 - 1596)
(rumored to be the illegitimate children of King Henry VIII, others say that William Carey was the father) See : Controversies about Mary Boleyn
Son: (with Stafford)
Daughter: Anne Stafford
Son: Edward Stafford (b. c. 1535 - c. 1545)
(no records confirm the existence or survival of either), although she is recorded to have appeared in court, pregnant, after being secretly married.
*Many famous historical figures claim Mary as an ancestor, including Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, and Princess Diana.
Although Anne and George Boleyn were very close and reportedly had little use for their sister, Mary. (This was reported by several foreign ambassadors.)
UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTER QUOTES
DEFINING EPISODES | MEMORABLE SCENES
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Later copy of an original at Hever Castle
Mary's 1st husband Sir William Carey
A favourite and cousin of King Henry who served him as a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber and Esquire of the Body. Married Mary on 4th February1520 and died of the sweating sickness on 22nd June 1528 aged 28. He died greatly in debt, and his wife was reduced to pawning her jewellery before her sister Anne Boleyn arranged a pension for her.
This portrait hangs in Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Scotland. The inclusion of this picture in an oval inner frame makes it possible that the original was painted as a pendant to the similar portrait of her husband, Henry Carey, at left.
Henry Carey, 1st Baron of Hunsdon
Mary Boleyn's eldest son.
He enjoyed substantial favour from Queen Elizabeth I
Catherine Carey, Lady Knollys
Mary's daughter who was Elizabeth I's
chief lady in waiting
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|MsSquirrly||Evidence that Henry VIII fathered Mary Boleyn's children? (page: 1 2)||34||Jun 22 2012, 9:47 AM EDT by freya9|
Thread started: Apr 26 2011, 8:18 AM EDT Watch
Alison Weir has been busy writing a new book called..."Mary Boleyn: The Great and Infamous Wh0re" which is due to be released later this year. In a recent article she wrote :
"Mary probably became Henry VIII’s mistress in 1522. We do not know for certain how long their affair lasted. She bore two children, Katherine in 1524 and Henry in 1525, and many now believe that they were the King’s bastards. Against all my expectations, I have found new and compelling evidence that proves their paternity almost conclusively."
That's a pretty substantial statement, I hope she really does have something that is conclusive.....but I have my doubts.
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|Ciere||Prince William - a descendant of Mary Boleyn? (page: 1 2 3 4 5 ... last page)||100||Jun 21 2012, 2:46 PM EDT by rosemarie678|
Thread started: Jul 17 2008, 5:55 PM EDT Watch
Is this real? I found a link to this while I was doing the random internet research I usually get into. It was in a thread on a Philippa Gregory readers' group site. If it's true it will be pretty amazing.
The Hon. Catherine Carey
Baron Howard of Effingham
3rd Earl of Peterborough, 1st Earl of Monmouth
Lady Henrietta Mordaunt
Cosmo George Gordon
3rd Duke of Gordon
4th Duke of Gordon
Lady Georgiana Gordon
Lady Louisa Jane Russell
2nd Duke of Abercorn
James Albert Edward Hamilton
3rd Duke of Abercorn
Lady Cynthia Hamilton
Edward John Spencer
8th Earl Spencer
Lady Diana Spencer
Prince William of Wales
Prince of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
SO - Thomas Boleyn may get his wish - hundreds of years in the future. Someone of their line on the throne finally!
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|ppaarabs||My gggg??? grandmother (page: 1 2 3)||40||May 22 2011, 6:03 AM EDT by ElizabethWoodville|
Thread started: Aug 24 2010, 6:42 AM EDT Watch
I have just found out that Mary Boleyn is my ggg? grandmother. This is quite exciting!! So much history and it is really interesting when you are part of their ancestry.
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