Tudor history researcher Claire Ridgway, creator of www.theanneboleynfiles.com, has just published a new theory regarding Mary Boleyn and her alleged affair with the French King Francis I. Following on from biographies and books which have challenged the theory that Mary Boleyn was promiscuous and deserving of her nickname “the great and infamous whore”, Ms Ridgway ponders whether Mary Boleyn even slept with Francis I in the first place.
“The evidence for Mary Boleyn’s sexual relationship with Francis I rests on a letter written by a papal ambassador and a book by a Catholic recusant. Both these men were clearly biased against the Boleyns and their other words have been dismissed by historians as untrue. The Catholic, Nicholas Sander, was not even referring to Mary Boleyn, he was writing of her sister Anne Boleyn!” said Ms Ridgway in an interview, ” I just don’t understand why these two pieces of evidence are being taken seriously and why we are content to label Mary as a whore yet fight against the myths regarding Anne Boleyn.”
Ms Ridgway, who is currently writing a book on the Boleyn family, has written an article examining the evidence examining Mary Boleyn’s alleged relationship with Francis I. Visit www.theanneboleynfiles.com/15870/mary-boleyn-was-she-really-the-mistress-of-francis-i/
1 thought on “Mary Boleyn – Mistress of Francis I?”
I am no sure why we constantly question the people closest to history. Some historian opposes the view of Mary Boleyn as a player and all of the sudden people start to believe her. So what if Mary was promiscuous! A lot of folks in the French court had some fun, and combined sexuality and politics. God Bless her for who she was not who some historian would like to change her into!