Edward VI

Edward VI
(1537–53)
   Monarch.
   Edward VI was the son of King Henry VIII of England by his third wife, Jane Seymour. A sickly, scholarly boy, he succeeded to the throne at the age of ten. During his reign, the country was ruled by the Privy Council, led first by the King’s uncle the Duke of Somerset, and then by the Duke of Northumberland. Between 1547 and 1553 many Protestant innovations were introduced into the Church, including the repeal of most heresy legislation and two Prayer Books of 1549 and 1552. On his deathbed, Edward was persuaded to nominate a Protestant successor, his cousin Lady Jane Grey, but his halfsister, the Roman Catholic Mary I, took the throne after only a few days.
   W.K. Jordan, Edward VI: The Young King (1968);
   W.K. Jordan, Edward VI: The Threshold of Power (1970).

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