Mary Lady Carey Boleyn, Mistress King Henry VIII (c.1499 - 1543) MP

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Birthplace: Blickling Hall, Blickling, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Hungerford, Wiltshire, England
Occupation: Sister to a Queen
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About Mary Lady Carey Boleyn, Mistress King Henry VIII

a short summary from Wikipedia:

Mary Boleyn

Spouse(s) :

Sir William Carey, Aldenham

William Stafford, of Chebsey


Catherine Knollys, Lady Knollys

Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon

Anne Stafford

Edward Stafford

Noble family: Boleyn

Father: Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire

Mother: Lady Elizabeth Howard

Born: c. 1499/1500

Blickling Hall, Norfolk

Died: 19 July 1543 (aged 43-44)


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-------------------- 'Mary is the sister of Anne Boleyn, Wife of Henry viii. -------------------- Chose ex-wife rather than partner to allow dates officiated as mistress; albeit privy, not publicized. It is believed by several researchers that Henry Carey is progeny of Henry VIII as well as his sister Catherine, who is certainly. As Lettice Knolles was a Queen Elizabeth duplicate in appearance, Henry bore striking resemblance to Henry VIII (& little resemblance to her husband Carey). The dates of concubine relations do allow for Henry (if pregnant towards end of mistress affair). -------------------- Mary Boleyn was first married to William Carey. During much of this time she carried on a relationship with Henry VII Tudor, King Henry.

The liaison appears to have produced two children, and various considerations tend to support the belief that they were, indeed, Henry's, although he never publicly acknowledged them.

The older was Henry Carey, said to be the spitting image of the young King. The boy proclaimed that he was the son of Henry, and there was no denial. He later was made a Knight, and 1st Baron Hunsdon. Queen Elizaeth visited him on his deathbed and gave him the patent and robes of the Earldom of Wiltshire. Catherine, his sister, was given a prized position as a Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Elizabeth. She was so well regarded that [years later] Queen Elizabeth ordered her burial in Westminster Abbey.

There are other factors tending to suggest that the two children were Henry's; among these is the interesting history of their "father," Mary's husband, William Carey. He was given royal grants in 1524 and 1526, appearing to be coincident with the birth of the children. Some historians have even calculated that he was out of town at the time of supposed conception.

Lastly, Henry admitted (in his petition to the Vatican for divorce) to "affinity" and "consanguinity" with Mary, something that would have been unnecessary had no children been produced.

"I am our Sovereign Lord the King's son," a public utterance by Henry Carey, never refuted in any way.

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Mary Lady Carey Boleyn, Mistress King Henry VIII's Timeline

Blickling, Norfolk, England
February 4, 1520
Age 21
Age 21
Balinghem, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

English state visit to France in 1520, which was known as "The Field of the Cloth of Gold".

Age 22
Concubines, England
- 1526
Age 23
August 15, 1524
Age 25
Chilton Folist, Wiltshire, England
Age 25
March 4, 1525
Age 26
Suffolk, England

Thought to be the bastard son of Henry VIII Tudor, King of England, who was married to her sister Anne Boleyn.

- 1526
Age 26
Age 27
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