A Brief History
On January 28, 1547, the 9-year-old son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, Edward VI, became King of England. Not only did his ill-fated mother die shortly after his birth, Edward himself was fated to a reign of only 6 and half years, dying of an illness at the age of 15.
Edward VI is easily forgotten in the muddle of the successors that followed him, starting with his cousin, Lady Jane Grey, whom Edward had named his heir before he died. Seen by Catholics as an attempt to prevent the reestablishment of Catholicism in England, Jane Grey was deposed only 9 days after becoming Queen and promptly executed by her Catholic successor, Queen Mary I, a half-sister of Edward, known lovingly as “Bloody Mary.”
Upon the death of Mary in 1558, Elizabeth I, another half-sister of Edward, became Queen, and once again returned England to a Protestant state. Elizabeth had a much longer and more successful reign, lasting about 44 years until her death in 1603.
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For more information, please see…
Hourly History. King Edward VI: A Life From Beginning to End. Kindle, 2019.
Skidmore, Chris. Edward VI: The Lost King of England. St. Martin’s Press, 2009.
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