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 […]

The Anne Boleyn Collection II Coming Soon!

| September 20, 2013

The Anne Boleyn Collection II Coming Soon!

Those of you on The Anne Boleyn Files list of email subscribers will already know this piece of news, but I wanted to let everyone know – my next book, The Anne Boleyn Collection II, will be released on Amazon (worldwide) next week! If you’ve noticed that I’ve been a bit quieter than usual – […]

The Second Anne Boleyn by Elizabeth Norton

| July 23, 2013

The Second Anne Boleyn by Elizabeth Norton

Following in from her recent article, “The First Anne Boleyn”, historian and author Elizabeth Norton has kindly written this article on Anne Hoo’s daughter, the second Anne Boleyn… I wrote an article recently on Anne Hoo Boleyn, the first recorded Anne Boleyn. Thanks to Anne Hoo’s importance in the family, her first name became a […]

The First Anne Boleyn by Elizabeth Norton

| June 28, 2013

The First Anne Boleyn by Elizabeth Norton

Thank you so much to author and historian Elizabeth Norton for writing this guest post for us… It is often assumed that Anne Boleyn was named after her great aunt, Anne St Leger, the sister of her grandmother, Margaret Butler. Anne was given an important Boleyn family name, however, and her great-grandmother, the earliest recorded […]

The Boiling of Richard Roose – 5th April 1531

| April 5, 2013

The Boiling of Richard Roose – 5th April 1531

On this day in 1531, Richard Roose (or Rouse), Bishop John Fisher’s cook, was boiled to death after confessing to poisoning the soup (or porridge) that was served to the Bishop and his guests. Fisher, the Bishop of Rochester, survived, but some of his guests, who’d eaten more of the soup, died. People were quick […]

Mary Boleyn – One Big Boleyn Myth

| February 19, 2013

Mary Boleyn – One Big Boleyn Myth

Let me tell you a story… Mary Boleyn was a classic English rose, taking after her mother’s side of the family, whose innocence was wrecked by her father and sister. Not only was she used and abused by the French king, Francis I, and his cronies, she was pimped out to the English king and […]

Anne Boleyn’s Family Tree

| February 8, 2013

Anne Boleyn’s Family Tree

Genealogists, historians and researchers have been discussing Anne Boleyn’s roots for centuries and today there still does not seem to be a complete agreement over the origins of the Boleyns. I am no genealogy expert, but I’ve been researching the Boleyns for years now and this article is a presentation of my findings and a […]

The Boleyns and the Seymours by Clare Cherry

| May 24, 2012

The Boleyns and the Seymours by Clare Cherry

Today we have a guest post from Clare Cherry looking at the two families affected by the events of April and May 1536 and how they are viewed by people today. Thanks, Clare! The Boleyns and the Seymours The Boleyns came from humble beginnings. They were social climbers and upstarts who used their daughters to […]