Mary “Lady Mary” <I>Boleyn</I> Carey Stafford

Mary “Lady Mary” Boleyn Carey Stafford

Blickling, Broadland District, Norfolk, England
Death 19 Jul 1543 (aged 43–44)
Burial Hever, Sevenoaks District, Kent, England
Memorial ID 35663231 View Source
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Mary Boleyn is believed to be the eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Boleyn and Elizabeth Howard. She was the sister of Anne and George Boleyn.

Mary grew up at Hever Castle in Kent, and in 1514, she was sent to France to serve Mary Tudor, the Queen of France. Even after the Queen returned to England, Mary stayed, and it is believed that she was the mistress of King Francis I, and possibly others.

Mary Boleyn returned to England in 1519. Soon after, she married William Carey. She caught the eye of King Henry VIII, and she became his mistress. The affair is supposed to have ended about 1526. William Carey died in 1528, leaving Mary a widow with two young children. She married William Stafford, a soldier, in 1534, and when her sister Anne, now queen, found out, Mary was banished from the court. She probably spent the rest of her life in seclusion at Rochford with her husband and children.

It is unknown where she is buried, but some assume she was buried at the Boleyn home of Hever Castle.

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