Mary Boleyn conducted numerous affairs at the French court. She even slept with King Francis. When she returned to England, Mary was wedded to Henry Carey, a Gentleman of King Henry VIII’s Chamber. At her wedding she caught king’s eye and became his mistress for a time. It was even rumored at one point that both of the Carey children were products of her illicit affair with the king. Years later after the death of her first husband she remarried, without permission. to Sir William Stafford, a landless soldier serving in Calais. For this action her family disowned her. She and her husband were eventually allowed to live on one of the family’s estates until she died in 1543.
Anne Boleyn, Mary’s younger sister, was also at the French court with her. She loved the attention she received from admirers. On her return to England her father attempted and failed to secure a marriage for her to James Butler. She then became a Maid of Honor to Queen Catherine of England. During this time she secretly eloped and consummated with Henry Percy. This was undone and Anne was sent home from court in disgrace. Eventually, she returned to court. After a period of flirtation with Sir Thomas Wyatt, she caught King Henry VIII’s eye. After seven years of enjoying an unconsummated affair they married. She was eventually executed on trumped up charges of adultery and incest with her brother and three other men. This is likely because of her inability to give the king a son.
Catherine Howard, first cousin to Mary and Anne Boleyn was raised in the household of her step-grandmother, the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk. There discipline was very lax. Several of the young girls and gentlemen retainers enjoyed affairs. She had an affair with her music teacher, Henry Mannox when she was about thirteen. However, her affair ended when Francis Dereham, secretary to the Dowager Duchess, started pursuing her. They enjoyed an affair that was well known in the household. They even pre-contracted to marry. However, this ended when she was sent to the royal court. At court she caught Henry VIII’s eye and married him. While she was married she carried on an affair with Thomas Culpepper, a Gentleman of the King’s chamber. Eventually, they were discovered and she was executed along with Culpepper and Dereham.
Elizabeth Tudor was Anne Boleyn’s daughter by King Henry VIII. In the King’s will she was third in line for the throne. After the kings death she was sent to live with her last stepmother Catherine Parr. There the queen’s new husband Thomas Seymour started to pursue her. He would enter her room often and tickle her and touch her. After she was discovered in an embrace with Seymour she was sent away. After an ill -advised attempt to gain control of his nephew, king Edward VI, by Seymour; Elizabeth was implicated in a sexual affair with him. Rumors went that she was carrying Seymour’s child. However, Elizabeth survived the scandal and became Queen of England and reigned for nearly 46 years.