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 grandaughter 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 […]

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 […]

The Relationship between Mary Boleyn and Anne Boleyn

| May 19, 2016

The Relationship between Mary Boleyn and Anne Boleyn

I do hope you’re enjoying Anne Boleyn Day so far. There are lots more videos and giveaways to go – a busy day! Now, here is Sarah Bryson, author of Mary Boleyn in a Nutshell and Charles Brandon: The King’s Man talking about the relationship between the Boleyn sisters. To be in with a chance […]

4 February 1520 – Mary Boleyn gets married

| February 4, 2016

4 February 1520 – Mary Boleyn gets married

On 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 1520 King’s Book of […]

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 […]