22 June – Mary Boleyn’s first husband dies

On 22nd June 1528, after eight years of marriage, Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, was widowed. Her husband, William Carey, died during the sweating sickness epidemic that hit the royal court that summer.

Her first husband’s death had a major impact on Mary, who was left with two young children: Catherine, aged four, and Henry, aged two.

I explain a bit more about what happened to Mary in today’s “on this day in Tudor history” video.

I’m doing these videos on a daily basis for the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society Channel, so do head on over to the channel to catch up or to have a browse. There is also a playlist on “Questions about Anne Boleyn”. Please do consider subscribing to the channel too as it helps other Tudor history lovers find my videos – click here – thank you!

For more information on Mary Boleyn, you can watch the following videos:

I have also done the following videos on Sweating Sickness:

22nd June was a very busy day during the Tudor period. Here are a few more key events from that day:

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