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    Mary Boleyn, also known as Lady Mary, [1] (c. 1499 [2] – 19 July 1543) was the sister of English queen consort Anne Boleyn, whose family enjoyed considerable influence during the reign of King Henry VIII . Mary was one of the mistresses of Henry VIII for an unknown period of time.

    • Early Life in England and France
    • A Royal Mistress Twice Over
    • The Other Boleyn
    • Death
    • Legacy
    • Sources

    Because of the shoddy record-keeping in the Tudor era, historians cannot pinpoint Mary’s exact date of birth or even her place in the birth order among the three Boleyn siblings. Most agree, however, that she was born around 1499 or 1500 at the Boleyn family home, Blickling Hall in Norfolk, and that she was the eldest child of Thomas Boleyn and his...

    Although young, Mary quickly established herself in the new queen’s household. Even when Queen Mary was widowed in 1515 and returned to England, Mary was permitted to stay behind at the court of Francis I. Her father Thomas, now the ambassador to France, and her sister Anne joined her. Between 1516 and 1519, Mary remained at the French court. While...

    For a time, Mary was the favorite of the court and the king (and thus of her family). However, in 1522, her sister Annereturned to England and also joined the queen’s court, although she and Mary likely moved in different circles, given Anne’s intense intellectual interests which Mary was not known to share. Anne became one of the more popular ladi...

    By 1536, Queen Anne had fallen out of favor, and she was arrested (along with her brother George and several male courtiers) and charged with treason, witchcraft, and adultery. Mary did not communicate with her family at this time – indeed, there is no record of contact after Anne’s brief gift following Mary’s exile. Anne was executed on May 19, 15...

    Mary never returned to court, but her daughter, Catherine Carey, was summoned by the head of the Howard/Boleyn clan to serve as a lady-in-waiting, first to Anne of Cleves, then to her distant cousin Catherine Howard. Eventually, she became the first lady of the bedchamber (a high-ranked lady-in-waiting) to her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. Through Cat...

    Gregory, Philippa. The Other Boleyn Girl. Simon & Schuster, 2001.
    Hart, Kelly. The Mistresses of Henry VIII.The History Press, 2009.
    Weir, Alison. Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings.Ballantine Books, 2011.
    Wilkinson, Josephine. Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII's Favorite Mistress. Amberley, 2009.
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  2. Jan 31, 2015 · Mary Boleyn was the sister of King Henry VIII’s second wife, the infamous Anne Boleyn. But she was also the king’s mistress before her sister’s ascendancy. She may also have given birth to his son. Information about the life of Mary Boleyn is sketchy at best.

    • The Aristocratic Early Life of Mary Boleyn
    • The Scandalous Affair of The “Other Boleyn Girl” and King Henry VIII
    • The Later Life and Often-Overlooked Legacy of Mary Boleyn

    Mary Boleyn was the eldest of the three Boleyn children, likely born sometime between 1499 and 1508. She was raised at Hever Castle, the Boleyn family home in Kent, and educated in both feminine subjects such as dancing, embroidery, and singing, and masculine subjects such as archery, falconry, and hunting. In the early 1500s, Mary traveled to Fran...

    Though it was never confirmed, some historians believe that at least one, if not both of Mary Boleyn’s children were fathered by Henry. Her firstborn was a son, a boy she named Henry, though his last name was Carey after her husband. Had the king fathered the child, he would have been an heir – albeit an illegitimate one – to the throne, though the...

    However, while her sister and her former lover were reforming the country, Mary’s first husband was dying. Upon his death, Mary was left penniless, and forced to enter the court of her sister, who had since been crowned queen. When she married a soldier, a man far below her social standing, Anne disowned her, claiming that she was a disgrace to the...

  3. Apr 26, 2022 · "Mary Boleyn (c. 1499/1500 – 19 July 1543) was the sister of English queen consort Anne Boleyn and a member of the Boleyn family, which enjoyed considerable influence during the reign of King Henry VIII of England. Some historians claim she was Anne's younger sister, but her children believed Mary was the elder, as do most historians today.

  4. Feb 17, 2011 · Mary Boleyn enjoyed a royal fling with Henry VIII before her younger sister Anne moved into the limelight. Alison Plowden reveals the little-known story of a fascinating figure. Family background...

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