This magnet pictures Mary Boleyn (c1499-1543), older sister to the notorious Queen consort Anne. The lack of verified information about Mary makes a fertile environment for dramatic fiction, resulting in numerous novels, movies and TV series. Little that has been portrayed in modern times is supported by historical records. What is known about Mary with some certainty:
She was sister to Anne Boleyn, second wife of English King Henry VIII's.
She studied in France and was referred to by the French King Francis I as a "great whore."
She was lady in waiting to Henry's 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon.
She was one of
several many women rumored to have engaged in a dalliance with Henry.
In 1520 she married Sir William Carey and remained his wife until his death in 1528.
She traveled with her sister Anne and Henry to Calais in 1532.
She wed commoner William Stafford in 1534 and they had two children.