19 July 1543 – The death of Mary Boleyn, sister of Queen Anne Boleyn

Posted By 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:


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Do you want some Tudor goodies?

Posted By on July 17, 2017

Read on if you do!

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!

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