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A discovery concerning Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of Anne Boleyn

| December 3, 2018

Thank you so much to Natalie Grueninger for sharing some wonderful news from Philip Norman, curator of the Garden Museum at Lambeth which used to be St Mary’s Church and which is home of the Howard Chapel, resting place of many Howard family members, including Elizabeth Boleyn (née Howard), Countess of Wiltshire and mother of […]

How Prince William and Prince Harry descend from Mary Boleyn

| October 16, 2018

How Prince William and Prince Harry descend from Mary Boleyn

Yesterday, on Facebook, I shared the news that Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife, Meghan, are expecting their first child. I shared it saying that “the Boleyn bloodline continues” and I just wanted to write this article to explain this in more detail as I received lots of questions yesterday. If you’ve been […]

29 June 1536 – Thomas Boleyn is demoted

| June 29, 2018

On this day in history, 29th June 1536, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal, an office he had held since January 1530. His demotion came just over a month after the executions of his children, Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, and it was Thomas […]

22 June 1509 – King Henry VIII rewards Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn

| June 22, 2018

On this day in history, the night of 22nd June 1509, King Henry VIII rewarded twenty-six* men for their loyal service to the crown by making them Knights of the Bath as part of his coronation celebrations. The men were Robert Radcliffe, Baron Fitzwalter; Henry Scrope, 7th Baron Scrope of Bolton; Lord Fitzhugh; William Blount, […]

26 April 1540 – The marriage of Catherine Carey and Francis Knollys

| April 26, 2018

26 April 1540 – The marriage of Catherine Carey and Francis Knollys

On this day in history, 26th April 1540, Catherine Carey, daughter of Mary Boleyn and niece of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, married Francis Knollys. Thank you to Adrienne Dillard, author of two books on Catherine Carey – the novel Cor Rotto and the non-fiction book Catherine Carey in a Nutshell – as well as […]

The former St Mary’s Church, Lambeth – Resting place of Elizabeth Boleyn

| April 7, 2018

The former St Mary’s Church, Lambeth – Resting place of Elizabeth Boleyn

On this day in history, 7th April 1538, Elizabeth Boleyn, Countess of Wiltshire and Ormond, was laid to rest at St Mary’s Church in Lambeth. Elizabeth was the mother of the late Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, as well as the surviving Mary Stafford (née Boleyn). She had lost two children in […]

3 April 1538 – The death of Anne Boleyn’s mother, Elizabeth Boleyn

| April 3, 2018

3 April 1538 – The death of Anne Boleyn’s mother, Elizabeth Boleyn

On this day in history, Elizabeth Boleyn, Countess of Wiltshire and Ormond, wife of Thomas Boleyn and mother of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, died at Baynard’s Castle, home of the Abbot of Reading, in London. She was around sixty-two years of age. Thomas Warley wrote of her death in a letter to Lady Lisle […]

12 March 1539 – Thomas Boleyn dies at Hever Castle

| March 12, 2018

On this day in history, 12th March 1539, Anne Boleyn’s father, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, died at Hever Castle, the Boleyn family home. He was about sixty-two years of age. His servant, Robert Cranwell, wrote to Thomas Cromwell of Thomas’s death: “My good lord and master is dead. He made the end […]