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 […]

8 July 1503 – Thomas Boleyn is entrusted with an important job

| July 8, 2016

8 July 1503 – Thomas Boleyn is entrusted with an important job

Many people seem to think that Thomas Boleyn, father of Queen Anne Boleyn, only rose to prominence and favour in Henry VIII’s reign, in the 1520s, by ‘pimping out’ his daughters to the king, but it’s not true at all – click here for more on Thomas Boleyn’s career. As early as 1503, Thomas Boleyn […]

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 […]

Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford – Adrienne Dillard

| May 19, 2016

Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford – Adrienne Dillard

In this video, Adrienne Dillard, author of Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey and Catherine Carey in a Nutshell talks about Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, wife of George Boleyn and sister-in-law of Queen Anne Boleyn. Along with Adrienne’s wonderful video, you’ll also get a sneak peek at her work in progress, a novel focusing […]

Thomas Cranmer’s relationship with the Boleyn Family

| May 19, 2016

Thomas Cranmer’s relationship with the Boleyn Family

In this special Anne Boleyn Day 2016 video, Beth von Staats, author of Thomas Cranmer in a Nutshell talks to us about Archbishop Thomas Cranmer’s relationship with Anne Boleyn and her family. Head over to https://www.madeglobal.com/3267/beth-von-staats-cranmers-relationship-boleyn-family/ to enter the giveaway for your choice of book from MadeGlobal Publishing’s ‘in a nutshell’ series.

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 May 1536 – Jane Boleyn sends a message of comfort to her husband

| May 4, 2016

4 May 1536 – Jane Boleyn sends a message of comfort to her husband

Around 4th May 1536, in his daily report to Thomas Cromwell, Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, wrote of Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, sending a message to her husband, George, who was imprisoned in the Tower. Kingston’s letters to Cromwell were damaged in a fire in 1731 at Ashburnam House, but they […]