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  1. Anne Boleyn was very smart to arrange the marriage between Fitzroy and Mary Howard. It was not in her best interests for Fitzroy to marry a princess or noblewoman from the continent. Any children Fitzroy had due to such a marriage would be a threat to her daughter Elizabeth’s position in the succession. Keeping the marriage in the family allowed the Howards to retain control over the situation. Just a note: Mary Howard’s mother was dead set against the marriage with Fitzroy. She lost her position at court because of it.

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