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Who was Mary Boleyn? – Part 2: Mistress of two kings?

| February 8, 2019

Who was Mary Boleyn? – Part 2: Mistress of two kings?

When I asked for your questions about Anne Boleyn so that I could do a series of videos answering them, I also received quite a few questions on Anne Boleyn’s sister, Mary Boleyn. Fiction such as The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a movie and adapted for television, has made many people interested […]

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 […]

Mary Boleyn

| October 22, 2015

Mary Boleyn

Mary Boleyn was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn and his wife Elizabeth Howard. It is generally believed that she was born around 1499/1500 and that she was their eldest daughter, making her the older sister of Anne, George, Thomas and Henry Boleyn. She was married twice, to William Carey in 1520 and then to William […]

23 July 1596 – The Death of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, son of Mary Boleyn

| July 23, 2014

23 July 1596 – The Death of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, son of Mary Boleyn

On 23 July 1596, Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, Privy Councillor and Lord Chamberlain, died at Somerset House in London. It is said that on his deathbed, Elizabeth I offered to give him the title Earl of Wiltshire, a title once held by his grandfather, Thomas Boleyn, but Hunsdon refused Elizabeth’s offer, saying “Madam, as […]

4 March 1526 – Birth of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, son of Mary Boleyn

| March 4, 2014

4 March 1526 – Birth of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, son of Mary Boleyn

On this day in 1526, Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, courtier and administrator, was born. He was the only son of William Carey, courtier and favourite of Henry VIII, and his wife, Mary (née Boleyn). There is controversy over his paternity due to Mary Boleyn having a sexual relationship with Henry VIII at some point, […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Until the End by Sarah Bryson

| April 16, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Until the End by Sarah Bryson

Today we have the latest part of Sarah Bryson’s series on Mary Boleyn – Thanks, Sarah! After the executions of her brother George on 17th May 1536 and her sister Anne on 19th May 1536, Mary Boleyn was the only Boleyn child left and she seems to have slipped into obscurity for a time. There […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Fathers and Fertility by Sarah Bryson

| March 7, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Fathers and Fertility by Sarah Bryson

As I’m over at Sarah’s blog Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History today as part of my virtual book tour, I thought it was only fitting to publish the next instalment of Sarah’s series on Mary Boleyn. Thanks, Sarah! For as long as I have been interested in Mary Boleyn and her life I have […]

Henry VIII’s Illegitimate Children

| March 18, 2011

Henry VIII’s Illegitimate Children

I’ve just written an article over at The Elizabeth Files about Elizabeth’s possible illegitimate siblings. Henry VIII recognised one illegitimate child as his – Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond – but were there others he did not formally recognise? In my article, I discuss Henry Fitzroy, Catherine and Henry Carey, John Perrot, Thomas Stukeley and […]