19 July 1543 – The Death of Mary Boleyn

| July 19, 2014

19 July 1543 – The Death of Mary Boleyn

According to an inquisition post mortem taken at Brentwood in Essex, Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, died on 19th July 1543. The translation of her inquisition post mortem in the Essex Record Office lists the property she held at the time of her death: “property including manors of High Roding, Great Holland, Leigh, Wakering, […]

Mary Boleyn: A Reassessment by Conor Byrne

| June 26, 2014

Mary Boleyn: A Reassessment by Conor Byrne

Today we have a guest post from Conor Byrne, history student, historical blogger and author of an upcoming biography of Katherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife. Here, Conor takes a look at Mary Boleyn… Few Tudor women have been as misrepresented and fictionalised as Mary Boleyn, sister of Henry VIII’s second wife Anne. Few had […]

22 June 1528 – Death of William Carey, Husband of Mary Boleyn

| June 22, 2014

22 June 1528 – Death of William Carey, Husband of Mary Boleyn

On 22nd June 1528, William Carey, husband of Mary Boleyn and an Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII, died. He was the victim of the outbreak of sweating sickness which also killed many members of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s household and monks at London’s Charterhouse. Carey was not the only member of the […]

Catherine Knollys and the Gentleman Pensioners of Henry VIII: The Reinstatement of the Spears

| April 25, 2014

Catherine Knollys and the Gentleman Pensioners of Henry VIII: The Reinstatement of the Spears

This post by Natasha Gennady Robinson is the second part of a series on Gentleman Pensioners in Henry VIII’s reign, and carries on from her post A Portrait and A Gentleman: The Portrait of Catherine Knollys, and the Gentlemen Pensioners of Henry VIII. Over to Natasha… Amongst the illustrious footnotes of Regia Insignia, a most […]

4 March 1526 – Birth of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, son of Mary Boleyn

| March 4, 2014

4 March 1526 – Birth of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, son of Mary Boleyn

On this day in 1526, Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, courtier and administrator, was born. He was the only son of William Carey, courtier and favourite of Henry VIII, and his wife, Mary (née Boleyn). There is controversy over his paternity due to Mary Boleyn having a sexual relationship with Henry VIII at some point, […]

1st March 1522 – Anne Boleyn Plays Perseverance

| March 1, 2014

1st March 1522 – Anne Boleyn Plays Perseverance

On the evening of Shrove Tuesday, 1st March 1522, Anne Boleyn played the part of Perseverance at the pageant of “The Château Vert” at York Place, her first recorded public appearance at court since her return from France. Edward Hall records the pageant in his chronicle: “On shrouetewesdaie at night, thesaid Cardinall to the kyng […]

Mary Boleyn and Henry VIII

| February 7, 2014

Mary Boleyn and Henry VIII

After I had posted my article marking the anniversary of Mary Boleyn’s marriage to William Carey on 4th February 1520, I received lots of questions about Mary’s relationship with the King – When did it start? Why do historians date it to 1522? How long did it last? Were her children fathered by the King? […]

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

| February 4, 2014

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

On this day in 1520, Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, married William Carey, an Esquire of the Body and a relative and close friend of Henry VIII, in the Chapel Royal at Greenwich. The King attended the wedding. Carey was descended from Edward III, and his maternal grandmother was cousin to Henry VIII’s paternal […]