Posted By Claire on July 19, 2017
On this day in history, 19th July 1543, Mary Stafford (née Boleyn, other married name Carey), died. She was in her early 40s1.
Mary was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, and Elizabeth Howard, and the grandaughter of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk. She was also the sister of Queen Anne Boleyn. Mary had married her first husband, William Carey, a member of Henry VIII’s Privy Chamber and an Esquire of the Body, on 4th February 1520. She had two children during the course of their marriage: Catherine, born in around 1524, and Henry, born in 1526. Carey died of sweating sickness in June 1528 and Mary went on to marry William Stafford secretly and without her family’s permission in 1534. She turned up at court pregnant in 1534 but there is no record of what happened to her baby.
Mary died on 19th July 1543. The translation of her inquisition post mortem, which can be found in the Essex Record Office, lists the property she held at the time of her death:
Posted By Claire on July 17, 2017
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As you probably know, as well as running the Anne Boleyn Files I also run the Tudor Society. My aim in founding it was to create a community of Tudor history lovers and also to put Tudor history at members’ fingertips wherever they were in the world.
I started the Tudor Society back in the summer of 2014 and it’s gone from strength to strength, and we’ve had so many historians, researchers and authors involved over that time. It’s been fun and educational. To celebrate the 3-year anniversary of the Tudor Society, we’re doing a big relaunch and are giving away lots of Tudor goodies over the next couple of weeks.
To enjoy these goodies, all you have to do is go to www.tudorsociety.com/offers/ or click on the image in this post and then follow the instructions. They’re completely free.
Enjoy the goodies!
A few weeks ago I launched our annual photography competition and just wanted to write this post to remind you to remember to get snapping over the summer. What is this competition? I hear you ask. Well, each year we produce The Anne Boleyn Files Tudor Calendar. This is a printed wall calendar and each […]
Huge congratulations to Peyton R whose comment was picked at random as the winning comment in our Anne Boleyn Portrait Pendant Competition. Peyton won one of Tiffini’s beautiful grandioso sterling silver pendants featuring a collage of the lovely Anne Boleyn Rose portrait with pieces of antique anemone botanical and ornamental papers and bookplates. I have […]
On this day in history, 12th July 1543, King Henry VIII took Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, as his sixth and final wife. The wedding took place in the Queen’s Closet of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, which can still be visited today, and was performed by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, and was […]
By 11th July 1533, Pope Clement VII had really had enough of King Henry VIII’s behaviour. The king who had been awarded the title “Fidei Defensor” (Defender of the Faith) by Pope Leo X in 1521, for defending the Catholic Church against the works of Martin Luther, had not only abandoned his first wife without […]
On this day in history, 9th July 1540, convocation declared that Anne of Cleves’ marriage to King Henry VIII was null and void and that both parties were free to marry again. While the twenty-four-year-old Anne never did remarry, her forty-nine-year-old former husband wasted no time taking another wife, wife number five. On 28th July […]
On this day in history, on 8th July 1503, during the reign of King Henry VII, Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn, left Collyweston in Northamptonshire to undertake an important job for the king. Thomas had been appointed as a member of a large retinue headed by his father-in-law, Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, to […]