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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

4 February 1520 – The Marriage of Mary Boleyn and William Carey

| February 4, 2015

4 February 1520 – The Marriage of Mary Boleyn and William Carey

On Saturday 4 February 1520, Mary Boleyn married William Carey in Greenwich Palace’s Chapel Royal. Henry VIII attended the wedding, making an offering of 6s. 8d., which is recorded in the King’s Book of Payments 1520. Mary Boleyn was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, Henry VIII’s ambassador at the French court and a man on […]

22 June 1528 – Death of William Carey, Husband of Mary Boleyn

| June 22, 2014

22 June 1528 – Death of William Carey, Husband of Mary Boleyn

On 22nd June 1528, William Carey, husband of Mary Boleyn and an Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII, died. He was the victim of the outbreak of sweating sickness which also killed many members of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s household and monks at London’s Charterhouse. Carey was not the only member of the […]

4 February 1520 – The Wedding of Mary Boleyn and William Carey

| February 4, 2014

4 February 1520 – The Wedding of Mary Boleyn and William Carey

On this day in 1520, Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, married William Carey, an Esquire of the Body and a relative and close friend of Henry VIII, in the Chapel Royal at Greenwich. The King attended the wedding. Carey was descended from Edward III, and his maternal grandmother was cousin to Henry VIII’s paternal […]