10 February 1542 – Queen Catherine Howard is moved from Syon to the Tower

| February 10, 2016

10 February 1542 – Queen Catherine Howard is moved from Syon to the Tower

On 10th February 1542, Queen Catherine Howard was taken from Syon House, where she’d been kept since November 1541, to the Tower of London in preparation for her execution. Lady Rochford (Jane Boleyn), who was accused of helping her with Catherine’s treachery, had been taken to the Tower the previous night, having been nursed back […]

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 […]

21 January 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford’s attainder

| January 21, 2016

21 January 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford’s attainder

On 21st January 1542, just over two and a half months since Catherine Howard’s colourful past had come to light, a bill of attainder against Catherine and her lady, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, was introduced into the House of Lords. According to this bill, the women were guilty of treason and could be punished without […]

Catherine Carey: In a Nutshell

| October 12, 2015

Catherine Carey: In a Nutshell

Congratulations to Adrienne Dillard on the release of her book Catherine Carey: In a Nutshell on kindle and as a paperback. Many of you will know Adrienne from her best-selling Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey, and will be as delighted as I am that Adrienne is now sharing the research she did into […]

There’s something about Mary Boleyn

| October 8, 2015

There’s something about Mary Boleyn

I’ve noticed that every time I write an article about Mary Boleyn, or share one from the archives, I get a sudden spike in traffic to The Anne Boleyn Files. Between 23rd and 30th September, for example, I had a maximum of 71 people on The Anne Boleyn Files simultaneously, yet, when I published my […]

19 July 1543 – Death of Mary Stafford, sister of Anne Boleyn

| July 19, 2015

19 July 1543 – Death of Mary Stafford, sister of Anne Boleyn

Today is the anniversary of the death of Mary Stafford (née Boleyn), other married name Carey, in 1543. You can read more about Mary’s death and her inquisition post mortem in my article from last year – click here – and you can read more about Mary Boleyn herself in Sarah Bryson’s article over at […]

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Thomas Cranmer and the Boleyn Family

| July 6, 2015

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Thomas Cranmer and the Boleyn Family

Beth von Staats kicks off her book tour for Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell over at Sarah Bryson’s blog Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History with a wonderful article on Thomas Cranmer and the Boleyn family. Do head over there to enjoy the article and to enter the giveaway to be in with a chance […]

22 June 1528 – William Carey died of sweating sickness

| June 22, 2015

22 June 1528 – William Carey died of sweating sickness

On 22nd June 1528, William Carey, husband of Mary Boleyn and an Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII, died of sweating sickness. The 1528 outbreak hit London in May 1528, causing the court to be broken up and the king and queen to flee to Waltham Abbey. We know from the reports of […]