Edward VI of England

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Edward VI Tudor, King of England and Ireland

Birthdate: (15)
Birthplace: Hampton Court Palace, Richmond, England
Death: Died in Greenwich Palace, London, England
Cause of death: illness
Place of Burial: Henry VII Lady Chapel, Westminster Abbey, London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry VIII, King of England and Jane Seymour, Queen consort of England
Half brother of Mary I of England; Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset; unnamed infant Tudor; infant Henry, Duke of Cornwall, (first); Henry Tudor, Duke Of Cornwall and 5 others

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About Edward VI of England

"Edward VI (12 October 1537 – 6 July 1553) was King of England and Ireland from 28 January 1547 until his death. He was crowned on 20 February at the age of nine. The son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, Edward was the third monarch of the Tudor dynasty and England's first monarch raised as a Protestant. During Edward's reign, the realm was governed by a Regency Council because he never reached his majority. The Council was first led by his uncle Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, (1547–1549), and then by John Dudley, 1st Earl of Warwick, from 1551 Duke of Northumberland.

Edward's reign was marked by economic problems and social unrest that, in 1549, erupted into riot and rebellion. An expensive war with Scotland, at first successful, ended with military withdrawal from Scotland as well as Boulogne-sur-Mer in exchange for peace. The transformation of the Church into a recognisably Protestant body also occurred under Edward, who took great interest in religious matters. Although his father, Henry VIII, had severed the link between the Church of England and Rome, Henry VIII had never permitted the renunciation of Catholic doctrine or ceremony. It was during Edward's reign that Protestantism was established for the first time in England with reforms that included the abolition of clerical celibacy and the Mass and the imposition of compulsory services in English. The architect of these reforms was Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, whose Book of Common Prayer is still used.

In February 1553, at age 15, Edward fell ill. When his sickness was discovered to be terminal, he and his Council drew up a "Devise for the Succession", attempting to prevent the country's return to Catholicism. Edward named his first cousin once removed, Lady Jane Grey, as his heir and excluded his half-sisters, Mary and Elizabeth. However, this decision was disputed following Edward's death, and Jane was deposed by Mary within 13 days. As queen, Mary reversed Edward's Protestant reforms, which nonetheless became the basis of the Elizabethan Religious Settlement of 1559."


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Edward VI of England's Timeline

October 12, 1537
Hampton Court Palace, Richmond, England
October 15, 1537
February 22, 1547
Age 9
Westminster Abbey, London,England
July 6, 1553
Age 15
Greenwich Palace, London, England
August 8, 1553
Age 15
Henry VII Lady Chapel, Westminster Abbey, London, England
Acceded: 25 FEB 1547, Westminster Abbey