Edward VI

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Date of Birth October 12, 1537
Place of Birth England
Date of Death Jul 6, 1553 (15)
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Edward VI of England

Edward VI was the King of England and Ireland from 28 January 1547 until his death. He was crowned on 20 February at the age of nine. Edward was the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, and England's first monarch to be raised as a Protestant. During his reign, the realm was governed by a regency council because he never reached maturity. The council was first led by his uncle Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, and then by John Dudley, 1st Earl of Warwick, who from 1551 was 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 and Boulogne-sur-Mer in exchange for peace. The transformation of the Church of England into a recognisably Protestant body also occurred under Edward, who took great interest in religious matters.

Predecessor: Henry VIII
Successor: Jane (disputed) or Mary I
Born: 12 October 1537, Hampton Court Palace, Middlesex, England
Died: 6 July 1553 (aged 15), Greenwich Palace, England
Burial: 8 August 1553, Westminster Abbey
House: Tudor
Father: Henry VIII of England
Mother: Jane Seymour
Religion: Anglicanism

About Edward VI

Remembered as the Tudor dynasty's third ruler, King Edward VI presided over England and Ireland during a period of war and rebellion. He was instrumental in transforming the Church of England into a largely Protestant institution.

Before Fame

In his youth, he studied under scholar John Cheke and cleric Richard Cox.


He assumed the throne when he was just ten years old, but became ill and died before his sixteenth birthday.

Family Life

He was born to Jane Seymour and the infamous King Henry VIII.


On his deathbed, he ruled that his throne would be transferred to Lady Jane Grey (his cousin). After his death, however, his half-sister, Mary I of England (also known as "Bloody Mary"), quickly seized the throne from Lady Jane.

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