Mary Boleyn – One Big Boleyn Myth

| February 19, 2013

Mary Boleyn – One Big Boleyn Myth

Let me tell you a story… Mary Boleyn was a classic English rose, taking after her mother’s side of the family, whose innocence was wrecked by her father and sister. Not only was she used and abused by the French king, Francis I, and his cronies, she was pimped out to the English king and […]

15 January 1569 – Death of Lady Catherine Knollys (nee Carey)

| January 15, 2013

15 January 1569 – Death of Lady Catherine Knollys (nee Carey)

On this day in history, 15th January 1569, Lady Catherine Knollys (née Carey), wife of Sir Francis Knollys, daughter of Mary Boleyn and mother of Lettice Dudley, died at Hampton Court Palace. Catherine had been taken ill with a fever at Christmas and her husband, who was at Bolton Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots […]

19 July 1543 – Death of Mary Boleyn

| July 19, 2012

19 July 1543 – Death of Mary Boleyn

There is controversy regarding the death of Anne’s sister, Mary Boleyn, with her biographer Alison Weir dating her death as the 19th July 1543 and her other biographer Josephine Wilkinson choosing the 30th July. Historian David Loades chooses to simply write “July 1543″. Mary Boleyn’s life is a mystery – the facts are scarce and […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Conclusion by Sarah Bryson

| April 24, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Conclusion by Sarah Bryson

Today we have the final part of Sarah Bryson’s series on Mary Boleyn, a round-up of Mary’s life and why Sarah finds her so fascinating – Thanks, Sarah! Mary Boleyn is most certainly a woman of mystery. Her younger sister was Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and Queen consort of England. Anne was […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Until the End by Sarah Bryson

| April 16, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Until the End by Sarah Bryson

Today we have the latest part of Sarah Bryson’s series on Mary Boleyn – Thanks, Sarah! After the executions of her brother George on 17th May 1536 and her sister Anne on 19th May 1536, Mary Boleyn was the only Boleyn child left and she seems to have slipped into obscurity for a time. There […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – The Fall of the Boleyns by Sarah Bryson

| April 10, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – The Fall of the Boleyns by Sarah Bryson

Thank you again to Sarah Bryson from the Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History Page for the eighth part of her series on Mary Boleyn, I know that many of you are enjoying this examination of Mary’s life. On May 19th at approximately 9am Anne Boleyn, wearing a robe of grey damask trimmed with fur over […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – From Widowhood to William Stafford by Sarah Bryson

| March 29, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – From Widowhood to William Stafford by Sarah Bryson

Apologies for my absence over the past few days, but thank you so much to Sarah Bryson from the Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History Page for the seventh part of her series on Mary Boleyn… On June 22nd 1528 tragedy struck. Mary’s husband William Carey became gravely ill and sometime during that fateful day he […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Religion by Sarah Bryson

| March 23, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Religion by Sarah Bryson

Thank you so much to Sarah Bryson from the Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History Page for the next instalment of her series on Mary Boleyn… Absolutely nothing has been recorded regarding the religious beliefs of Mary Boleyn. There are no personal letters left which hint at Mary’s religious leanings, there are no mentions of her […]