June 22 – Thomas Boleyn becomes a Knight of the Bath, and Mary Boleyn is widowed

| June 22, 2022

June 22 – Thomas Boleyn becomes a Knight of the Bath, and Mary Boleyn is widowed

On the night of 22nd June 1509, during the celebrations for the forthcoming coronation of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon, the king rewarded twenty-six men for their loyal service to the crown by making them Knights of the Bath. One of these men was Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn, the woman […]

4 February – Mary Boleyn gets married and the burning of John Rogers

| February 4, 2022

4 February – Mary Boleyn gets married and the burning of John Rogers

On this day in Tudor history, Saturday 4th February 1520, Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, got married to William Carey in the Chapel Royal at Greenwich Palace, in a service attended by King Henry VIII. Find out more about Mary Boleyn and William Carey in this talk… Also on this day in Tudor history, […]

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 […]

22 June 1528 – Mary Boleyn becomes a widow

| June 22, 2017

22 June 1528 – Mary Boleyn becomes a widow

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

4 February 1520 – Mary Boleyn ties the knot

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 […]