12 August 1596 – The burial of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon

| August 12, 2016

12 August 1596 – The burial of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon

On 12th August 1596, Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, son of Mary Boleyn, nephew of Queen Anne Boleyn and cousin of Queen Elizabeth I, was buried at Westminster Abbey. He had died on 23rd July 1596 at Somerset House, in London, at the age of seventy. He was buried at his cousin the queen’s expense […]

Correcting the myths

| August 11, 2016

Correcting the myths

Last week, I published a guest article, Fact, by Clare Cherry in which she talked about the problem of assumptions and theories becoming taken as fact. The article received lots of comments and I also received a fair few emails about it. One Anne Boleyn Files follower asked me “but why are these “notions” not […]

Mary Boleyn’s letter to Thomas Cromwell

| July 19, 2016

Mary Boleyn’s letter to Thomas Cromwell

As I’ve said many times before, Mary Boleyn is a bit of a mystery. The late historian and Anne Boleyn expert Eric Ives once said to me that what we know about Mary Boleyn could be “written on a postcard with room to spare”, the rest is supposition. We don’t know when she was born, […]

19 July 1543 – Mary Boleyn dies

| July 19, 2016

19 July 1543 – Mary Boleyn dies

On this day in history, 19th July 1543, Mary Stafford (née Boleyn, other married name Carey), wife of William Stafford and sister of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, died. She was survived by her second husband and her children, Catherine and Henry Carey. We know so little about the sister of Anne Boleyn and her […]

22 June 1528 – Mary Boleyn loses her first husband

| June 22, 2016

22 June 1528 – Mary Boleyn loses her first husband

On 22nd June 1528, eight years into their marriage, Mary Boleyn lost her first husband, William Carey to sweating sickness. Sweating Sickness, a disease that affected England with epidemics in 1485, 1508, 1517, 1528 and 1551, hit Henry VIII’s court in May 1528, causing the court to be broken up and the king and queen […]

The Relationship between Mary Boleyn and Anne Boleyn

| May 19, 2016

The Relationship between Mary Boleyn and Anne Boleyn

I do hope you’re enjoying Anne Boleyn Day so far. There are lots more videos and giveaways to go – a busy day! Now, here is Sarah Bryson, author of Mary Boleyn in a Nutshell and Charles Brandon: The King’s Man talking about the relationship between the Boleyn sisters. To be in with a chance […]

4 March 1522 – Anne Boleyn and the Chateau Vert Pageant

| March 4, 2016

4 March 1522 – Anne Boleyn and the Chateau Vert Pageant

On Shrove Tuesday 1522, 4th March, Anne Boleyn took part in the pageant of “The Château Vert” at York Place, a property owned by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. This was her first recorded public appearance at court since her return from France in late 1521. The pageant was part of the Shrovetide celebrations which began on […]

4 February 1520 – Mary Boleyn gets married

| February 4, 2016

4 February 1520 – Mary Boleyn gets married

On Saturday 4th February 1520, Anne Boleyn’s sister Mary Boleyn got married to William Carey in the Chapel Royal at Greenwich Palace. We know that the king attended and that he made an offering of “6s. 8d.” (6 shillings and 8 pence) at the service, because this is recorded in the 1520 King’s Book of […]