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Mary Boleyn’s letter to Thomas Cromwell

| July 19, 2016

Mary Boleyn’s letter to Thomas Cromwell

As I’ve said many times before, Mary Boleyn is a bit of a mystery. The late historian and Anne Boleyn expert Eric Ives once said to me that what we know about Mary Boleyn could be “written on a postcard with room to spare”, the rest is supposition. We don’t know when she was born, […]

19 July 1543 – The Death of Mary Boleyn

| July 19, 2014

19 July 1543 – The Death of Mary Boleyn

According to an inquisition post mortem taken at Brentwood in Essex, Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, died on 19th July 1543. The translation of her inquisition post mortem in the Essex Record Office lists the property she held at the time of her death: “property including manors of High Roding, Great Holland, Leigh, Wakering, […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Until the End by Sarah Bryson

| April 16, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Until the End by Sarah Bryson

Today we have the latest part of Sarah Bryson’s series on Mary Boleyn – Thanks, Sarah! After the executions of her brother George on 17th May 1536 and her sister Anne on 19th May 1536, Mary Boleyn was the only Boleyn child left and she seems to have slipped into obscurity for a time. There […]

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 – Religion by Sarah Bryson

| March 23, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Religion by Sarah Bryson

Thank you so much to Sarah Bryson from the Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History Page for the next instalment of her series on Mary Boleyn… Absolutely nothing has been recorded regarding the religious beliefs of Mary Boleyn. There are no personal letters left which hint at Mary’s religious leanings, there are no mentions of her […]

Mary Boleyn Part Three – 1526 – 1543

| August 6, 2010

Mary Boleyn Part Three – 1526 – 1543

Today we conclude our series on the Boleyn family and our three part series on Mary Boleyn, the other Boleyn girl. Please make sure that you read parts one and two first. A New Flame At the Shrove Tuesday joust in 1526, King Henry VIII rode out wearing gold and silver cloth which was embroidered […]