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 […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – From Widowhood to William Stafford by Sarah Bryson

| March 29, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – From Widowhood to William Stafford by Sarah Bryson

Apologies for my absence over the past few days, but thank you so much to Sarah Bryson from the Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History Page for the seventh part of her series on Mary Boleyn… On June 22nd 1528 tragedy struck. Mary’s husband William Carey became gravely ill and sometime during that fateful day he […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Fathers and Fertility by Sarah Bryson

| March 7, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Fathers and Fertility by Sarah Bryson

As I’m over at Sarah’s blog Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History today as part of my virtual book tour, I thought it was only fitting to publish the next instalment of Sarah’s series on Mary Boleyn. Thanks, Sarah! For as long as I have been interested in Mary Boleyn and her life I have […]

Mary Boleyn Part One

| August 4, 2010

Mary Boleyn Part One

As part of my series on the Boleyn Family, I’d like to take a look at the life of Mary Boleyn, the other Boleyn girl. I want to peel back the myths and stereotypes regarding this woman and find the real Mary Boleyn, but this is a very difficult task as there is little primary […]

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