A Portrait and A Gentleman: The Portrait of Catherine Knollys, and the Gentlemen Pensioners of Henry VIII

| April 10, 2014

A Portrait and A Gentleman: The Portrait of Catherine Knollys, and the Gentlemen Pensioners of Henry VIII

Today we have a guest post from Natasha Gennady Robinson, part one of a two-part series. Thank you so much, Natasha, for writing this wonderful article for us. Over to Natasha… There is but one portrait said to be of Catherine Knollys (née Carey), though as with the current trends, many historians seek to dispel […]

4 March 1526 – Birth of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, son of Mary Boleyn

| March 4, 2014

4 March 1526 – Birth of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, son of Mary Boleyn

On this day in 1526, Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, courtier and administrator, was born. He was the only son of William Carey, courtier and favourite of Henry VIII, and his wife, Mary (née Boleyn). There is controversy over his paternity due to Mary Boleyn having a sexual relationship with Henry VIII at some point, […]

1st March 1522 – Anne Boleyn Plays Perseverance

| March 1, 2014

1st March 1522 – Anne Boleyn Plays Perseverance

On the evening of Shrove Tuesday, 1st March 1522, Anne Boleyn played the part of Perseverance at the pageant of “The Château Vert” at York Place, her first recorded public appearance at court since her return from France. Edward Hall records the pageant in his chronicle: “On shrouetewesdaie at night, thesaid Cardinall to the kyng […]

Mary Boleyn and Henry VIII

| February 7, 2014

Mary Boleyn and Henry VIII

After I had posted my article marking the anniversary of Mary Boleyn’s marriage to William Carey on 4th February 1520, I received lots of questions about Mary’s relationship with the King – When did it start? Why do historians date it to 1522? How long did it last? Were her children fathered by the King? […]

4 February 1520 – The Wedding of Mary Boleyn and William Carey

| February 4, 2014

4 February 1520 – The Wedding of Mary Boleyn and William Carey

On this day in 1520, Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, married William Carey, an Esquire of the Body and a relative and close friend of Henry VIII, in the Chapel Royal at Greenwich. The King attended the wedding. Carey was descended from Edward III, and his maternal grandmother was cousin to Henry VIII’s paternal […]

The Anne Boleyn Collection II Coming Soon!

| September 20, 2013

The Anne Boleyn Collection II Coming Soon!

Those of you on The Anne Boleyn Files list of email subscribers will already know this piece of news, but I wanted to let everyone know – my next book, The Anne Boleyn Collection II, will be released on Amazon (worldwide) next week! If you’ve noticed that I’ve been a bit quieter than usual – […]

It’s a Boy! – A Royal Baby is Born

| July 23, 2013

It’s a Boy! – A Royal Baby is Born

At 4.24pm on 22nd July 2013, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to an 8lb 6oz baby boy in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London. This little boy is third in line to the throne, so it’s big news for those in the UK and, in fact, is news being celebrated all […]

1 March 1522 – Anne Boleyn Takes Part in the Chateau Vert Pageant

| March 1, 2013

1 March 1522 – Anne Boleyn Takes Part in the Chateau Vert Pageant

It is not known exactly when Anne returned to England from France, although she was recalled in late 1521, but she was at the English court by 1st March 1522. Records show that it was on that date that Anne took part in the Shrove Tuesday “Château Vert” pageant, playing the role of Perseverance. The […]