How Prince William and Prince Harry descend from Mary Boleyn

| October 16, 2018

How Prince William and Prince Harry descend from Mary Boleyn

Yesterday, on Facebook, I shared the news that Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife, Meghan, are expecting their first child. I shared it saying that “the Boleyn bloodline continues” and I just wanted to write this article to explain this in more detail as I received lots of questions yesterday. If you’ve been […]

19 July 1543 – The death of Mary Stafford, also known as Mary Boleyn or Mary Carey

| July 19, 2018

19 July 1543 – The death of Mary Stafford, also known as Mary Boleyn or Mary Carey

Before I begin this post properly, I just wanted to say a big thank you to those of you who have commented or sent me messages wondering where I am. I really am very grateful for your concern. I’ve been having problems with my vision, meaning that I have to keep resting my eyes. I’m […]

2 March 1522 – Elle mon coeur a navera, she has wounded my heart

| March 2, 2018

2 March 1522 – Elle mon coeur a navera, she has wounded my heart

On this day in history, 2nd March 1522, King Henry VIII rode out at the annual Shrovetide joust with the motto Elle mon coeur a navera, or “She has wounded my Heart”, embroidered on the trappings of his horse. Edward Hall records the event in his chronicle and I have modernised the spelling for ease […]

19 July 1543 – The death of Mary Boleyn, sister of Queen Anne Boleyn

| July 19, 2017

19 July 1543 – The death of Mary Boleyn, sister of Queen Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, 19th July 1543, Mary Stafford (née Boleyn, other married name Carey), died. She was in her early 40s1. Mary was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, and Elizabeth Howard, and the granddaughter of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk. She was also the sister of Queen […]

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 […]