George Cavendish and George Boleyn

| February 17, 2017

George Cavendish and George Boleyn

Thank you to Clare Cherry, co-author of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat for writing this guest post on George Cavendish and his poetry, Metrical Visions, which has been used by some historians and authors to paint a rather black picture of George Boleyn. If you don’t know, George Cavendish was Cardinal Thomas Wolsey’s […]

The Raven’s Widow: A Novel of Jane Boleyn available for pre-order

| February 7, 2017

The Raven’s Widow: A Novel of Jane Boleyn available for pre-order

Congratulations to my dear friend and fellow MadeGlobal Publishing author, Adrienne Dillard, on her forthcoming novel, The Raven’s Widow: A Novel of Jane Boleyn. As someone who spends most days researching or writing about the Boleyns, I am keen to read this novel, particularly as I know how meticulously Adrienne has researched it. A fresh […]

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 […]

Fact? by Clare Cherry

| August 3, 2016

Fact? by Clare Cherry

Clare Cherry, co-author of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat, discusses the problem of assumptions and theories becoming taken as fact. There are many ‘known’ ‘facts’ which aren’t actually facts at all. A lot of what we think we know comes from urban myth, old wives tales, mistake, assumption, exaggeration, etc. etc. There are […]

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 […]

8 July 1503 – Thomas Boleyn is entrusted with an important job

| July 8, 2016

8 July 1503 – Thomas Boleyn is entrusted with an important job

Many people seem to think that Thomas Boleyn, father of Queen Anne Boleyn, only rose to prominence and favour in Henry VIII’s reign, in the 1520s, by ‘pimping out’ his daughters to the king, but it’s not true at all – click here for more on Thomas Boleyn’s career. As early as 1503, Thomas Boleyn […]

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 […]