22 June 1528 – Mary Boleyn becomes a widow

| June 22, 2017

On this day in history, 22nd June 1528, Mary Boleyn lost her husband, William Carey, in the sweating sickness epidemic which swept through the English court and London in May and June 1528. Mary’s sister Anne, her brother George, and her father Thomas also caught the disease but fortunately recovered. We know about Carey’s death […]

4 February 1520 – Mary Boleyn ties the knot

| February 4, 2017

On this day in history, 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 […]

9 October 1514 – Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, gets married

| October 9, 2016

9 October 1514 – Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, gets married

On this day in history, 9th October 1514, eighteen-year-old Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII and daughter of the late Henry VII, married fifty-two year-old King Louis XII of France at Abbeville in France. Chronicler Edward Hall recorded Mary’s entry into Abbeville on 8th October and then the marriage on 9th: “[…she was with great […]

12 August 1596 – The burial of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon

| August 12, 2016

12 August 1596 – The burial of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon

On 12th August 1596, Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, son of Mary Boleyn, nephew of Queen Anne Boleyn and cousin of Queen Elizabeth I, was buried at Westminster Abbey. He had died on 23rd July 1596 at Somerset House, in London, at the age of seventy. He was buried at his cousin the queen’s expense […]

Correcting the myths

| August 11, 2016

Correcting the myths

Last week, I published a guest article, Fact, by Clare Cherry in which she talked about the problem of assumptions and theories becoming taken as fact. The article received lots of comments and I also received a fair few emails about it. One Anne Boleyn Files follower asked me “but why are these “notions” not […]

Mary Boleyn’s letter to Thomas Cromwell

| July 19, 2016

Mary Boleyn’s letter to Thomas Cromwell

As I’ve said many times before, Mary Boleyn is a bit of a mystery. The late historian and Anne Boleyn expert Eric Ives once said to me that what we know about Mary Boleyn could be “written on a postcard with room to spare”, the rest is supposition. We don’t know when she was born, […]

19 July 1543 – Mary Boleyn dies

| July 19, 2016

19 July 1543 – Mary Boleyn dies

On this day in history, 19th July 1543, Mary Stafford (née Boleyn, other married name Carey), wife of William Stafford and sister of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, died. She was survived by her second husband and her children, Catherine and Henry Carey. We know so little about the sister of Anne Boleyn and her […]

22 June 1528 – Mary Boleyn loses her first husband

| June 22, 2016

22 June 1528 – Mary Boleyn loses her first husband

On 22nd June 1528, eight years into their marriage, Mary Boleyn lost her first husband, William Carey to sweating sickness. Sweating Sickness, a disease that affected England with epidemics in 1485, 1508, 1517, 1528 and 1551, hit Henry VIII’s court in May 1528, causing the court to be broken up and the king and queen […]