Day 4 of the Anne Boleyn Files Advent Calendar

| December 4, 2021

Day 4 of the Anne Boleyn Files Advent Calendar

Our fourth Tudor-themed treat is from Amanda Harvey Purse, author of the forthcoming The Boleyns: From the Tudors to the Windsors, and is about that famous Boleyn, Mary Boleyn. Thank you, Amanda, for sharing this article with us. Click here to access the Advent Calendar and do bookmark it so you can open a door […]

The Boleyns in Who Do You Think You Are?

| October 13, 2021

The Boleyns in Who Do You Think You Are?

It was wonderful to see my dear friend and co-author, Dr Owen Emmerson (Hever’s historian and assistant curator) and some familiar faces such as Anna Whitelock, Tracy Borman, Elizabeth Goldring and Nicola Tallis, featured in last night’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”, along with my happy place (Hever Castle), and other wonderful places such […]

The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family – Find out more about the Boleyns

| August 18, 2021

The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family – Find out more about the Boleyns

Episode 1 of BBC Two’s new three-part series on the Boleyn family – The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family – aired on Friday 13th August, and episodes 2 and 3 have already been released on BBC iPlayer. It is a wonderful series and well worth watching because it introduces a very different Boleyn family. Gone are […]

19 July 1543 – Mary Boleyn dies

| July 19, 2021

19 July 1543 – Mary Boleyn dies

On this day in Tudor history, 19th July 1543, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Mary Boleyn died. Mary Boleyn is known for being Henry VIII’s mistress at one point, and you can find out a bit more about her in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts… Here is my Mary Boleyn playlist: There are also […]

Mary Boleyn’s links to the Queen and Prince William and Prince Harry

| April 29, 2021

Mary Boleyn’s links to the Queen and Prince William and Prince Harry

I’m often asked about Mary Boleyn’s links to the present royal family, so I thought I’d explain a bit more about it. Queen Elizabeth II descends from Mary Boleyn, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, descend from her in two different ways. It’s lovely to think that there is […]

Mary Boleyn resources

| February 4, 2021

Mary Boleyn resources

Today is the anniversary of Mary Boleyn’s marriage to William Carey in the Chapel Royal at Greenwich Palace on 4th February 1520. Their wedding was attended by King Henry VIII and his wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon. To celebrate Mary’s wedding anniversary, I though I’d share with you some articles and videos on her. Let’s […]

Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn: Were they close?

| January 23, 2021

Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn: Were they close?

In the latest edition of my Questions about Anne Boleyn series of videos on the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube channel, I consider the question that I’m often asked: “Were Anne and Mary Boleyn close?” What do we know about the Boleyn sisters’ relationship? Was it close? Do the historical sources give us […]

19 July – The Mary Rose and Mary Boleyn

| July 19, 2020

19 July – The Mary Rose and Mary Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 19th July 1545, Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, sank right in front of his eyes in the Battle of the Solent between the English and French fleets. But why did the Mary Rose sink? In today’s “on this day” video, I share the various theories on the sinking […]