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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 […]

Did Anne Boleyn get sweating sickness?

| March 22, 2019

Did Anne Boleyn get sweating sickness?

I’m back with my latest instalment in the “Questions about Anne Boleyn” series of videos. Sweating sickness was a strange illness which affected England in five outbreaks between 1485 and 1551. It caused panic because of just how fast it could kill. In Showtime’s “The Tudors”, we see Anne Boleyn, played by Natalie Dormer, coming […]

14 July 1551 – Young Henry and Charles Brandon die of sweating sickness

| July 14, 2016

14 July 1551 – Young Henry and Charles Brandon die of sweating sickness

On 14th July 1551, fifteen year-old Henry Brandon, 2nd Duke of Suffolk, and his fourteen year-old brother, Charles, 3rd Duke of Suffolk, died of sweating sickness at the home of the Bishop of Lincoln in Buckden, Huntingdonshire. They were the sons of the late Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, and his fourth wife Catherine […]

22 June 1528 – Mary Boleyn loses her first husband

| June 22, 2016

22 June 1528 – Mary Boleyn loses her first husband

On 22nd June 1528, eight years into their marriage, Mary Boleyn lost her first husband, William Carey to sweating sickness. Sweating Sickness, a disease that affected England with epidemics in 1485, 1508, 1517, 1528 and 1551, hit Henry VIII’s court in May 1528, causing the court to be broken up and the king and queen […]

14 July 1551 – The Brandon boys die of sweating sickness

| July 14, 2015

14 July 1551 – The Brandon boys die of sweating sickness

Sweating sickness, or the English Sweat, was a horrible disease which decimated towns and took thousands of lives in its five epidemics in England in 1485, 1508, 1517, 1528 and 1551. It was a disease which killed quickly. Chronicler Edward Hall wrote of how it could kill within 2-3 hours, commenting “some merry at dinner […]

22 June 1528 – William Carey died of sweating sickness

| June 22, 2015

22 June 1528 – William Carey died of sweating sickness

On 22nd June 1528, William Carey, husband of Mary Boleyn and an Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII, died of sweating sickness. The 1528 outbreak hit London in May 1528, causing the court to be broken up and the king and queen to flee to Waltham Abbey. We know from the reports of […]

Valentine’s Day and a Love Letter from Henry VIII

| February 14, 2015

Valentine’s Day and a Love Letter from Henry VIII

If you haven’t noticed (quick, buy a card!), today is Valentine’s Day, the day of love. Contrary to what many people believe, Valentine’s Day was celebrated in Tudor England. Alison Sim, in her excellent book Pleasures & Pastimes in Tudor England writes of how it is mentioned three times in the Paston Letters (a collection […]

Sweating Sickness in a Nutshell

| September 9, 2014

Sweating Sickness in a Nutshell

Just a quick post to alert you to the publication of my new book, which is a short book on that Tudor mystery disease, sweating sickness. Here are all the details: MadeGlobal’s History in a Nutshell Series aims to give readers a good grounding in a historical topic in a concise, easily digestible and accessible […]