Were Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard pawns of their families

| November 7, 2020

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

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

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 […]

Mary Boleyn – Is there more to know?

| March 2, 2019

Mary Boleyn – Is there more to know?

In this third and final video on Mary Boleyn, sister of Queen Anne Boleyn, I answer the following questions: – What did Mary Boleyn look like? – Did Mary Boleyn have a son with mental disabilities? – Was Mary Boleyn’s second marriage a love match? – Are there any surviving letters between Anne Boleyn and […]

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 […]

Anne Boleyn Questions – Who was Mary Boleyn?

| February 4, 2019

Anne Boleyn Questions – Who was Mary Boleyn?

Not a week goes by without me receiving at least one question about Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, so I thought it would be good to cover her in my video series on ‘questions about Anne Boleyn’, even though she isn’t Anne! Mary Boleyn is such a popular historical character, but are our ideas […]

How Prince William and Prince Harry descend from Mary Boleyn

| October 16, 2018

How Prince William and Prince Harry descend from Mary Boleyn

Yesterday, on Facebook, I shared the news that Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife, Meghan, are expecting their first child. I shared it saying that “the Boleyn bloodline continues” and I just wanted to write this article to explain this in more detail as I received lots of questions yesterday. If you’ve been […]