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Mary Boleyn? by deridolls Mary Boleyn? by deridolls
A new name for my ever-growing Tudor doll list. :)
Anne Boleyn's sister and (as it was the apparent norm for ladies-in-waiting of his queens... :P) one of Henry VIII's mistresses, Mary Boleyn.

Inspired by this painting: [link]
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Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay Mary! I actually have a bigger soft spot for her than I do her sister, I think Mary was the smartest of the Boleyns since she got out of the snake pit before all hell broke loose. :giggle:

I adore the ermine. She's so stunning! :heart:
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deridolls Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011   Artisan Crafter
I read the Other Boleyn Girl and, despite feeling like punching the author numerous times, I must confess that she introduced me to Mary as a person instead of just a name in the list of Henry's mistresses. I had never thought about her or how it must have been like.
The situation must have been awkward to say the least, not to mention dangerous. I can now join you in your soft spot for her. :)
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Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll be the first to admit that I really enjoyed that book because of the sympathetic view of Mary (even though it has many inaccuracies). She really was a remarkable woman to be in that crazy family, be mistress to that crazy king and then stand up for herself, marry for love, go to the country. And her children and grandchildren (including that pesky Lettice Knollys) would be court staples.

I haven't read it yet, but I recently bought Alison Weir's (who is my favorite history biographer) biography on Mary which looks fantastic.
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deridolls Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011   Artisan Crafter
It's funny how things work themselves out, isn't it? I'm sure that, at one time, Mary did indeed feel like the odd one out, the unlucky one. The irony...

I have a friend who is very passionate about Anne Boleyn and reads everything she can get her hands on related to her and she has spoken highly of Alison's book.
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Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The six wives were my first study ever so they're special to me, and by extension Mary got thrown in there. Alison's books are awesome, I swear by them in my research papers, including the two I did this past semester one on those crafty six wives and the other on Isabella the She Wolf. :D
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deridolls Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Isabella, the she wolf? :curious: Tell me!
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Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Princess of France, the last of the Capetians, queen of England who was really awesome but many historians have hurt her legacy so I did my 15 page paper on clearing her name. She's reminds me of Eleanor of Aquitaine without the crazy children but with a crazy husband with even crazier favorites. :giggle:
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deridolls Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011   Artisan Crafter
What a fascinating woman! How had I never heard of her before?! :wow:
Thank you so much for introducing her to me, dear! :hug:
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
It mut hav been rough being a lady in waiting, standing around and either plotting to nab henry or avoid him like the plague...
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deridolls Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011   Artisan Crafter
There's a tiny sketch in the series Horrible Histories where a man enters a room with ladies and tells them Henry's looking for a new wive. No matter how many times I watch it, I still giggle at their screams of horror. :giggle:
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