T'CHALLA......THE PINK PANTHER
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"You must go back before Caesar's legions, to the days when the bones of giant animals and men lay on the ground where one day London would be build. You must go back to the New Troy, The New Jerusalem and the sins and crimes of the kings who rode under the tattered banners of Authur and who married women who came out of the sea or hatched out of eggs, women with scales and fins and feathers " -Hillary Mantel, Wolf Hall
I wanted to post this yesterday, but it completely slipped my mind. My apologies!
On yesterday’s date, July 19, 1543, Mary Boleyn, at the time Mary Stafford, died. She was in her early 40’s.
Mary was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, and Elizabeth Howard. She was also the sister of Queen Anne Boleyn. It is thought that she is the eldest Boleyn child, being born around 1499/1500. All Boleyn children were born before they moved to Hever Castle in 1505. Not much is known about Mary, Eric Ives once said that what we knew about Mary Boleyn “could be written on the back of a postcard with room to spare” and he is right. Once excellent historian said, “Despite the fact that two biographies have been written on her, the truth is, they all are full of theories about her and the facts are lacking, that’s just the way it is. What we think we know about her is probably based on fiction or theory, rather than hard fact. What we don’t know about her could fill a book, what we do know would fit on that postcard mentioned by Eric Ives.” So true!!! I couldn’t have said it better myself. We don’t even know if the portrait on the left is really her.
We know that she was married twice, was pregnant three times, stayed in France for awhile (from 1514-1519/20), I believe it is said she was dismissed for her promiscuous behavior, and was dismissed from court in 1534 for marrying below her station and without the Queen’s, her sister, permission.
Mary had married her first husband, William Carey, a member of Henry VIII’s Privy Chamber and an Esquire of the Body, on February 4, 1520. She had two children with him: 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.
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.
I hope regular scheduling will resume soon. It’s a long story that I’ll probably turn into a story sometime. || I enjoy the latest trend in lush covers that attempts to outdo minimalist fashion. To be honest though, I’d usually choose minimalist. Any favourites on show here? #WolfHall#HilaryMantel#bookstore
QOTD: Have you watched the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall? Unfortunately I haven't but I did really enjoy reading the books. 🌱
I was tagged by @libraryofkristel to do the #mylifeinbookstag 🌱
🔸A book for each of your initials
S: Stalking Jack the Ripper
L: Love Letters to the Dead
🔸Count your age along your shelves. Which book. : War Horse 🔸A book that represents a country you'd love to travel to : Burial Rites (Iceland)
🔸A book set in your country: The Lion of Ireland 🔸A book that has your favourite colour on it : Mistborn
🔸A book that you have the fondest memories of: Twilight.
🔸A book you had difficulty finishing : Possession by AS Byatt
🔸Which book on your tbr will give you a sense if accomplishment: A Breath of Snow and Ashes. 🌱