Edward VI was born at Hampton Court Palace, the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. He was the first English monarch to be raised as a Protestant and he was only 9 years old when he was crowned on 20 February 1547. During his reign, the realm was governed by a regency council first led by his uncle Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, and then by John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland.
Edward’s reign was marked by economic problems and social unrest that in 1549 erupted into riot and rebellion. The transformation of the Church of England into a recognisably Protestant body also occurred under Edward VI and it was during this period Protestantism was established for the first time in England.
In 1553, at age 15, Edward fell ill. When his sickness was discovered to be terminal, Edward and his council drew up a “Devise for the Succession” to prevent the country’s return to Catholicism and Edward named his Protestant first cousin once removed, Lady Jane Grey, as his heir, excluding his half-sisters, Mary and Elizabeth, a decision that would ultimately be disputed.Read More...