19 July – The Mary Rose and Mary Boleyn

| July 19, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 19th July 1545, Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, sank right in front of his eyes in the Battle of the Solent between the English and French fleets. But why did the Mary Rose sink? In today’s “on this day” video, I share the various theories on the sinking […]

4 February 1520 – Mary Boleyn’s first marriage

| February 4, 2020

On this day in history, 4th February 1520, so 500 years ago today, Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, got married to her first husband, William Carey. You can find out more in my “on this day” video below. By the way, I checked on the National Archives currency converter, which only goes up to […]

The end of Catherine Carey, daughter of Mary Boleyn

| January 15, 2020

On this day in history, 15th January 1569, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Catherine Knollys (née Carey) died at Hampton Court Palace, she was about 45 years of age. Catherine was the wife of Sir Francis Knollys, daughter of Mary Boleyn, niece of Queen Anne Boleyn, and cousin of Queen Elizabeth I. Some […]

The Fogges of Ashford: Supporters with Family Connections to the Tudor Dynasty by Amanda Harvey Purse

| October 9, 2019

The Fogges of Ashford: Supporters with Family Connections to the Tudor Dynasty by Amanda Harvey Purse

Thank you to Amanda Harvey Purse, author of the forthcoming The Boleyns: From the Tudors to the Windsors, for sharing this article with us here today. It’s always interesting to find out about these lesser-known Tudor families. You may have heard of Sir John Fogge before, when researching the beginnings of the Tudor period, for […]

The Other Boleyn Girl – Is it accurate?

| October 3, 2019

The Other Boleyn Girl – Is it accurate?

In this latest instalment of my “Questions about Anne Boleyn” series, I look at Philippa Gregory’s best-selling novel, “The Other Boleyn Girl”, which was also turned into a movie and adapted for television. “The Other Boleyn Girl” has brought Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn’s stories to life for many people, and provoked an interest in […]

Did Anne Boleyn steal Henry Carey from Mary Boleyn?

| August 26, 2019

Did Anne Boleyn steal Henry Carey from Mary Boleyn?

You might have been wondering where I am. Well, I’m still here, but we’re having technical issues with the site after a server upgrade. We’re working hard to resume normal service though. Last week, I did another of my “Questions about Anne Boleyn” videos. It’s a subject I’ve handled before, but it’s one I keep […]

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 […]

Mary Boleyn – Is there more to know?

| March 2, 2019

Mary Boleyn – Is there more to know?

In this third and final video on Mary Boleyn, sister of Queen Anne Boleyn, I answer the following questions: – What did Mary Boleyn look like? – Did Mary Boleyn have a son with mental disabilities? – Was Mary Boleyn’s second marriage a love match? – Are there any surviving letters between Anne Boleyn and […]