Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – France by Sarah Bryson

| February 21, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – France by Sarah Bryson

Following on from her previous three posts on Mary Boleyn, Sarah Bryson considers Mary’s time in France… It is most commonly accepted that during her time in France Mary Boleyn became the mistress of King Francis I. During her time at the French court she reportedly gained a reputation for being a woman of loose […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Personality and Appearance by Sarah Bryson

| February 10, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Personality and Appearance by Sarah Bryson

Following on from her previous posts on Mary Boleyn’s Birth and her childhood and education, Sarah Bryson considers Mary’s personality and appearance… One of the most frustrating aspects when researching Mary Boleyn is the fact that there is not even an authenticated portrait of her. As with many people of the Tudor age there is […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Childhood and Education by Sarah Bryson

| February 1, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Childhood and Education by Sarah Bryson

In part one of this series on Mary Boleyn, I established that Mary Boleyn was born in approximately 1500 and was most likely the first child of Thomas Boleyn and Elizabeth Howard. Records also tell us that in 1514 Mary Boleyn was selected as a maid of honour to Mary Tudor who travelled to France […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Birth by Sarah Bryson

| January 27, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Birth by Sarah Bryson

Today we have a guest post, the first in a series, on Anne Boleyn’s sister, Mary. Thank you so much to Sarah Bryson for writing this series for us! Mary Boleyn: The Unknown Sister – Part One: Birth Over the next few weeks/months I will be looking at Mary Boleyn’s life and trying to explore […]

Mary Boleyn – Was She really the Mistress of Francis I?

| October 30, 2011

Mary Boleyn – Was She really the Mistress of Francis I?

As many of you know, I led a webinar on Thursday night for members of The Anne Boleyn Fellowship. The webinar, which was the second in my series on “The REAL Boleyns”, consisted of an hour long talk and slideshow on Mary Boleyn, based on my research into her life. I obviously won’t be sharing […]

The Faces of Thomas Boleyn and Mary Boleyn?

| October 28, 2011

The Faces of Thomas Boleyn and Mary Boleyn?

I’ve just been contacted by Roland Hui, author of “A Reassessment of Queen Anne Boleyn’s Portraiture”, which is rather a coincidence as I actually mentioned him in my webinar last night in reference to his thoughts on the Hornebolte (or Horenbout) miniature which some people believe to be Anne Boleyn and others believe to be […]

Mary Boleyn Webinar – 27th October

| October 19, 2011

Mary Boleyn Webinar – 27th October

Just a reminder about the Anne Boleyn Fellowship Webinar taking place next Thursday, 27th October, at 8pm US Eastern time. In this webinar, I will be looking at the various representations of Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, and attempting to debunk the myths that surround her. Was she really “the great and infamous whore”? […]

Mary Boleyn by Alison Weir – Book Review

| October 13, 2011

Mary Boleyn by Alison Weir – Book Review

I’ve been holding off writing a review of Alison Weir’s new book, “Mary Boleyn: The Great and Infamous Whore” or “Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings”, because I didn’t want to come across as “bashing” someone who is a respected author and historian, and a lady I really like on a personal level. However, I’ve […]