The Spanish princess portrays the affair between Henry VIII and Mary...

  • The fourth episode of the second season of The Spanish princess ends on quite a cliffhanger: who does Henry VIII (Ruari O’Connor) kiss?
  • Although It is rumored that Henry is dating Anne Hastings. He actually kisses Mary Boleyn (Bessie Coates), Catherine’s waiting lady.
  • Here is the real story behind one of Henry VIII’s most notorious affairs.

The Spanish princess is beginning to resemble the Tudor nightmare we know from countless pop culture works, by Hilary Mantels Wolfshalle to the film the other Boleyn girl. You’ve heard it before: in an attempt to find an heir, Henry VIII (Ruari O’Connor) deviates from his marriage to Catherine (Charlotte Hope), marries five more women, and causes an uproar in England.

Think of Henry VIII’s affair with Mary Boleyn as the beginning of the end of Catherine’s tenure as the king’s wife. And in the fourth episode of The Spanish princessThis affair begins in the second season.

That’s right: Henry doesn’t furiously kiss Anne Hastings, his rumored lover, in the castle’s basement at the end of the episode. He kisses Mary Boleyn (Bessie Coates), Catherine’s waiting lady and likely older sister to the infamous Anne Boleyn, Henry’s damn second wife (played by Alice Nokes in the season).

Catherine with her waiting ladies Lina and Mary.
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Mary has been a subtle but constant part of this season of The Spanish princess, hover at the edge of many scenes. Don’t blame yourself if you haven’t noticed her by now – she did her job effectively, which was helpful and invisible. If you rewind the episode, you will see Mary in almost every scene with Catherine. She sits with her over dinner and helps her with the birth.

Not much is known about Mary Boleyn – there isn’t even an official portrait of her, according to historians she speaks to Absolute story. The name “Boleyn” wasn’t always that infamous; Historians have kept no record for our curious, modern minds. Here’s what we know about Mary Boleyn and her true affair with Henry – which played out differently in real life than it did in real life The Spanish princess.

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As the oldest of the three Boleyn children, Mary always played second violin after Anne.

Mary was born in Norwich sometime around 1500 to Thomas and Anne Boleyn. Historians have argued over which sister was older, but Mary is generally understood to be the older, as Josephine Wilkinson points out in her book Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII’s Favorite Mistress.

The girls’ father, Thomas Boleyn, was a courtier and linguist who ensured that his daughters and son received an education – although Anne was considered the “intellectual” sister and was sent to Margaret of Austria’s famous court (as de) -facto graduating school for nobles) while Mary was left behind in England. “Mary Boleyn was considered second best,” said Professor Kate Williams Absolute story, a historic YouTube channel. Mary was described as a “quiet, inconspicuous girl,” according to Wilkinson’s book, in contrast to her “far more intelligent and far more applied” sister Anne “.

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It was rumored that she was having an affair with a French king.

While Anne was in Europe, 14-year-old Mary was selected to join the court of 19-year-old Princess Mary Tudor, the youngest sister of Henry VII, who had married a 52-year-old French king British. Anne later joined her sister at the new French court. “At that point you begin to see Anne and Mary’s lives falling apart. Mary is the house lover. She doesn’t understand the quick, prickly intrigues of court life, ”Williams continued Absolute story.

Mary Tudor (Sai ​​Bennett) in The Spanish princess.
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After the death of King Ludwig XII. From France, Mary caught the attention of his successor Francis I. “François was in many ways like King Henry. Both were young, incredibly vain and eager to establish themselves as major players on the political scene in Europe, “writes Wilkinson in Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII’s Favorite Mistress.

Mary is said to have had an affair with Francis, the extent of which cannot be determined. “Her youth, beauty, and inexperience led her to a series of short-lived encounters as she moved from being fed up with king to favorites,” writes Wilkinson, adding that Mary’s own thoughts on the subject were not recorded. However, her ties to the king may have earned her an “undesirable reputation” and, according to Wilkinson, alienated her from her family.

Mary met Henry VIII at her wedding to another man.

Im The Spanish princessMary Boleyn was already in England when Mary, Catherine and Henry’s daughter were born. Not so in real life. Mary returned to England in about 1519, after a five-year period during which her whereabouts were lost to history Absolute storyand was probably part of Catherine of Aragon’s court. A year later, Mary was married to a young man named William Carey, who was part of Henry’s court and had several royal connections The Anne Boleyn files.

Henry VIII was at Mary’s wedding to William – and soon afterwards began to pursue her. While their affair seems to please each other The Spanish princess, it couldn’t have been real. “There is strong evidence that she was not fully involved. Henry put her in such a position that she was actually forced to become his mistress, ”said palace curator Tracy Borman Absolute story.

As a woman in court, Mary had little power to stave off Henry’s advances. When Anne returned from France in 1522, she outshone Mary again. It is not known when Henry ended his affair with Mary, but it was over in 1526. He had found a new lover: her sister Anne.


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Mary is said to have had one of Henry’s children.

Mary had two children when she was married to William Carey. Pop culture like the other Boleyn girl often suggests that Katherine and Henry Carey were indeed Henry VIII. It is harder to say with certainty whether that was really the case.

In her book Mary Boleyn: The Lady of KingsAlison Weir tries to dispel rumors about the ancestry of the Carey siblings. “There is no contemporary source to suggest that either the king or his successors at any time recognized these children as his problem,” she writes. However, Anne definitely gave birth to Henry’s children – her daughter Elizabeth became one of England’s most famous monarchs, Queen Elizabeth I.

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Mary continued to oppose her family and remarried out of love.

The Boleyn sisters had completely different goals. It is well known that at the age of 35, Anne was charged with adultery and conspiracy by her husband, King Henry VIII, and beheaded in 1536 biography. Mary had long been exiled by then.

Years after her husband, William Carey, died of sweating in 1528, Mary remarried out of love against the will of her family. Her new husband, William Stafford, was a soldier, not a nobleman. Mary’s secret marriage and pregnancy, announced in 1534, resulted in her being banned from the court. As the queen’s sister, Mary was to have an arranged marriage. Her father Thomas cut her allowance.

Unlike so much in Mary’s life, we actually know what she thought of William. In a letter she wrote to Thomas Cromwell after she was exiled, Mary wrote: “Love has overcome reason. And for my part, I saw so much honesty in him that I loved him as much as he loved me … I’d rather beg my bread with him than the greatest baptized queen, “according to the BBC.

In light of what happened before the Tudor Court, Mary’s banishment was likely ultimately beneficial. “”[The Staffords] were able to avoid any involvement in the witch hunt that entailed the possible disgrace, trial and execution of Anne and her brother George and the five other young men in their circle, “writes Alison Plowden for the BBC.

Mary lived until she was 40 and died of natural causes in 1543 Historian and author Claire Ridgeway of the The Anne Boleyn filesThe whereabouts of Mary and William’s child are unknown.

Henry VIII actually had an affair with Anne Hastings, but it was years before that.

Ah yes. Back to Anne Hastings. in the The Spanish princessThe rumor about the affair between Henry VIII and Anne Hastings was invented by Cardinal Wolsey to belittle Catherine, his supposed enemy at court. However, there is evidence that Henry VIII actually had an affair with his cousin Anne Hastings.

According to the BBC Story extra, Henry and Anne began their affair in 1509, around the same time Catherine was pregnant with their first child. Vice versa, The Spanish princess settles the matter when Catherine is pregnant her daughter Mary (who would later become Queen Mary I of England, better known as Bloody Mary because she burns Protestant heretics at the stake in large numbers) and then turns it into a rumor.

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