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 […]

19 July 1543 – The death of Mary Stafford, also known as Mary Boleyn or Mary Carey

| July 19, 2018

19 July 1543 – The death of Mary Stafford, also known as Mary Boleyn or Mary Carey

Before I begin this post properly, I just wanted to say a big thank you to those of you who have commented or sent me messages wondering where I am. I really am very grateful for your concern. I’ve been having problems with my vision, meaning that I have to keep resting my eyes. I’m […]

2 March 1522 – Elle mon coeur a navera, she has wounded my heart

| March 2, 2018

2 March 1522 – Elle mon coeur a navera, she has wounded my heart

On this day in history, 2nd March 1522, King Henry VIII rode out at the annual Shrovetide joust with the motto Elle mon coeur a navera, or “She has wounded my Heart”, embroidered on the trappings of his horse. Edward Hall records the event in his chronicle and I have modernised the spelling for ease […]

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 granddaughter of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk. She was also the sister of Queen […]