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 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 […]

Mary Boleyn

| October 22, 2015

Mary Boleyn

Mary Boleyn was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn and his wife Elizabeth Howard. It is generally believed that she was born around 1499/1500 and that she was their eldest daughter, making her the older sister of Anne, George, Thomas and Henry Boleyn. She was married twice, to William Carey in 1520 and then to William […]

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 […]

Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn – Two Sisters

| October 1, 2015

Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn – Two Sisters

Recently, I asked my Facebook followers what aspects of Anne Boleyn’s life they’d like me to write more about on The Anne Boleyn Files, and one that was mentioned by quite a few people was Anne’s relationship with her sister Mary. People are, understandably, intrigued by these two sisters, particularly as there have been very […]

Mary Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth II

| September 10, 2015

Mary Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth II

I’ve had a few people ask why I, as an owner of an Anne Boleyn website, have been involved in a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on the day she became Britain’s longest reigning monarch. Well, there are three answers to the question: I’m British and I have the greatest respect for my royal family, […]

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 […]

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 […]