New Mary Boleyn book out now!

| March 19, 2015

New Mary Boleyn book out now!

Congratulations to Sarah Bryson on the release of her first book Mary Boleyn in a Nutshell, a non-fiction book about the life of Mary Boleyn, sister of Queen Anne Boleyn. Many of you will know Sarah from her Facebook page Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History and blog, http://www.queentohistory.com/, and the articles she’s written here […]

Happy St Patrick’s Day

| March 17, 2015

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day to all those in Ireland or with Irish blood! I hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating. To celebrate, here are some articles about the Boleyns’ links to Ireland: The Clonony Boleyn Girls Anne Boleyn’s Irish Roots – Lady Margaret Butler and the Butlers of Kilkenny Castle The Negotiations for […]

12 March 1539 – Death of Thomas Boleyn

| March 12, 2015

12 March 1539 – Death of Thomas Boleyn

On this day in history, 12 March 1539, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, died at Hever Castle, Kent, the Boleyn family home. He was in his early sixties. Wiltshire’s servant, Robert Cranwell, wrote to Thomas Cromwell the next day to give him news of Wiltshire’s death: “My good lord and master is dead. […]

13 February 1542 – Executions of Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Rochford

| February 13, 2015

13 February 1542 – Executions of Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Rochford

On this day in history, 13 February 1542, Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, and Lady Jane Rochford, wife of the late George Boleyn, were executed at the Tower of London. We have an eye-witness account of their executions from a letter written by London merchant Otwell Johnson. “[…] And for news from hence, […]

11 February 1531 – Henry VIII becomes Supreme Head of the English Church.

| February 11, 2015

11 February 1531 – Henry VIII becomes Supreme Head of the English Church.

On this day in history, 11 February 1531, Convocation granted Henry VIII the title of “singular protector, supreme lord, and even, so far as the law of Christ allows, supreme head of the English church and clergy”, and it was George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and brother of Anne Boleyn, who played a prominent role in […]

10 February 1542 – Catherine Howard is taken to the Tower of London

| February 10, 2015

10 February 1542 – Catherine Howard is taken to the Tower of London

On 10 February 1542, Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, was taken from Syon to the Tower of London by barge. Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador at Henry VIII’s court, recorded Catherine’s journey: “Some days after, that is to say on the afternoon of the 10th, the Queen after some difficulty and resistance was […]

4 February 1520 – The Marriage of Mary Boleyn and William Carey

| February 4, 2015

4 February 1520 – The Marriage of Mary Boleyn and William Carey

On Saturday 4 February 1520, Mary Boleyn married William Carey in Greenwich Palace’s Chapel Royal. Henry VIII attended the wedding, making an offering of 6s. 8d., which is recorded in the King’s Book of Payments 1520. Mary Boleyn was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, Henry VIII’s ambassador at the French court and a man on […]

Wolf Hall and Cardinal Wolsey going down to Hell

| February 2, 2015

Wolf Hall and Cardinal Wolsey going down to Hell

If you haven’t read Hilary Mantel’s novels, don’t know the history surrounding the farce “Cardinal Wolsely going down to Hell” and haven’t watched episode 2 of Wolf Hall, then you might not want to read this article – SPOILERS! Last week’s episode of “Wolf Hall” closed with Cardinal Wolsey’s death and Cromwell watching a performance […]