July 23 – Mary Boleyn’s son, Henry Carey, dies

| July 23, 2022

July 23 – Mary Boleyn’s son, Henry Carey, dies

On this day in Tudor history, 23rd July 1596, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, son of the late Mary Boleyn, died at Somerset House in London. Hunsdon and his sister, Catherine, were close to their cousin, Elizabeth I, and he had served her as a privy councillor and […]

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

| July 19, 2022

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

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… You can find out even more about Mary Boleyn […]

July 8 – An important job for Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn

| July 8, 2022

July 8 – An important job for Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, on 8th July 1503, Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn, left Collyweston in Northamptonshire to undertake an important job for King Henry VII. Thomas Boleyn had been appointed to serve in a retinue escorting Princess Margaret Tudor, the king’s eldest daughter, to Scotland. Margaret was travelling there for her […]

July 2 – Cromwell is rewarded with Thomas Boleyn’s office

| July 2, 2022

July 2 – Cromwell is rewarded with Thomas Boleyn’s office

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd July 1536, Master Secretary, Thomas Cromwell, the king’s chief advisor, was formally appointed Lord Privy Seal. The previous holder, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, had been stripped of the office following the falls and executions of two of his children, Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, […]

June 22 – Thomas Boleyn becomes a Knight of the Bath, and Mary Boleyn is widowed

| June 22, 2022

June 22 – Thomas Boleyn becomes a Knight of the Bath, and Mary Boleyn is widowed

On the night of 22nd June 1509, during the celebrations for the forthcoming coronation of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon, the king rewarded twenty-six men for their loyal service to the crown by making them Knights of the Bath. One of these men was Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn, the woman […]

Claire and Owen talk about The Boleyns of Hever Castle

| May 4, 2022

Claire and Owen talk about The Boleyns of Hever Castle

To celebrate our book The Boleyns of Hever Castle being a number 1 bestseller again on Amazon and being an Amazon Kindle offer on Amazon UK at 99p for the month of May, Owen and I decided to do an interview for Anne Boleyn Files followers because, after all, it’s through this website that we […]

April 7 – Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of Anne Boleyn, and Robert Aske, rebel leader

| April 7, 2022

April 7 – Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of Anne Boleyn, and Robert Aske, rebel leader

What do Elizabeth Boleyn and rebel leader Robert Aske have in common, you may ask? Well, the date of 7th April! On 7th April 1538, Elizabeth Boleyn (née Howard), Countess of Wiltshire and Ormond, was laid to rest at St Mary’s Church, Lambeth. And a year earlier, on 7th April 1537, Robert Aske and Thomas […]

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 […]