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 […]

The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family – Find out more about the Boleyns

| August 18, 2021

The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family – Find out more about the Boleyns

Episode 1 of BBC Two’s new three-part series on the Boleyn family – The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family – aired on Friday 13th August, and episodes 2 and 3 have already been released on BBC iPlayer. It is a wonderful series and well worth watching because it introduces a very different Boleyn family. Gone are […]

19 July 1543 – Mary Boleyn dies

| July 19, 2021

19 July 1543 – Mary Boleyn dies

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… Here is my Mary Boleyn playlist: There are also […]

Mary Boleyn resources

| February 4, 2021

Mary Boleyn resources

Today is the anniversary of Mary Boleyn’s marriage to William Carey in the Chapel Royal at Greenwich Palace on 4th February 1520. Their wedding was attended by King Henry VIII and his wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon. To celebrate Mary’s wedding anniversary, I though I’d share with you some articles and videos on her. Let’s […]

Were Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard pawns of their families

| November 7, 2020

Were Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard pawns of their families

In this latest edition of my Questions about Anne Boleyn series, I consider whether Anne Boleyn and her cousin, Catherine Howard, were pawns of their families and whether the Boleyns and Howards deserve to be blamed for their subsequent executions. Did Thomas and Elizabeth Boleyn, and Elizabeth’s brother, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, force […]

On this day – Thomas Boleyn is rewarded and Mary Boleyn suffers a loss

| June 22, 2020

On this day – Thomas Boleyn is rewarded and Mary Boleyn suffers a loss

As you know, I’m doing daily “on this day in Tudor history” videos for the Anne Boleyn & Tudor Society YouTube channel based on research I did for my book, On This Day in Tudor History. Today, 22nd June, has two Boleyn-related events, so I thought I’d share them with you here. On this day […]

4 February 1520 – Mary Boleyn’s first marriage

| February 4, 2020

4 February 1520 – Mary Boleyn’s first marriage

On this day in history, 4th February 1520, so 500 years ago today, Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, got married to her first husband, William Carey. You can find out more in my “on this day” video below. By the way, I checked on the National Archives currency converter, which only goes up to […]

22 June – Mary Boleyn’s first husband dies

| June 22, 2019

22 June – Mary Boleyn’s first husband dies

On 22nd June 1528, after eight years of marriage, Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, was widowed. Her husband, William Carey, died during the sweating sickness epidemic that hit the royal court that summer. Her first husband’s death had a major impact on Mary, who was left with two young children: Catherine, aged four, and […]