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Edward VI : the lost King of England

by Skidmore, Chris, 1981-

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction DA345.S55 2007
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Northland Public Library Biography B EDWARD VI
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Summary

"The birth of ""Edward"" on ""October 12, 15""37"," ended his father's twenty-seven-year wait for an heir. Nine years later, ""Edward"" was on the throne, a boy-king in a court where manipulation, treachery, and plotting were rife."

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Henry VIII's death in January 1547 marked the end of a political giant whose reign had dominated his kingdom with an iron grip for thirty-eight years. Few could remember an England without him---certainly little had remained untouched: the monasteries and friaries had been ripped down, the Pope's authority discarded, and new authoritarian laws had been introduced that placed his subjects under constant fear of death.

Edward came to the throne promising a new start; the harsh legislation of his father's was repealed and the country's social and economic problems approached with greater sensitivity. Yet the early hope and promise he offered soon turned sour. Despite the terms of Henry's will, real power had gone to just one man---the Protector, Edward's uncle, the Duke of Somerset, and there were violent struggles for power, headed by the duke's own brother, Thomas Seymour.

Chris Skidmore reveals how the countrywide rebellions of 1549 were orchestrated by the plotters at court and were all connected to the burning issue of religion: Henry VIII had left England in a religious limbo. Court intrigue, deceit, and treason very nearly plunged the country into civil war. The stability that the Tudors had sought to achieve came close to being torn apart in the six years of Edward's reign.

Even today, the two dominant figures of the Tudor period are held to be Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Yet Edward's reign is equally important. His reign was one of dramatic change and tumult, yet many of the changes that were instigated during this period---certainly in terms of religious reformation---not only exceeded Henry's ambitions but have endured for over four centuries since Edward's death in 1553.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Henry VIII's longed-for son, who was crowned in 1537 at age nine and died just six years later, has always been lost in the shadows behind his father and his sisters, Mary I and Elizabeth I.  Edward's own diary is one of the sources Skidmore employed for this account, but the book is really more about the deadly power struggle that characterized the boy-king's reign than it is about the boy himself.  Readers are taken through a dense Tudor maze of conspiracy and treachery, beginning with a possible forgery regarding Henry's will. Chief among the players was Edward's controversial uncle Edward Seymour, who managed to have power transferred to himself as Protector of the Realm upon Henry's death, only to end up on the chopping block. So what kind of person was Edward VI? The most gifted of all his siblings, he loved hunting and other sports, he was a good student, and he was devoted to the cause of religious reform. But he remains in the shadows, since his life was so short.--Quinn, Mary Ellen Copyright 2007 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Skidmore, a Ph.D. candidate in Tudor history and adviser to the British shadow secretary for education, provides a revealing glimpse into the tumultuous six-year reign of Edward VI, who ascended to the English throne in 1547, at the age of 10, following the death of his father, Henry VIII. Edward's youth and brilliant precocity led many to hope his reign would be kinder and gentler than Henry's, and the young monarch was likened to the biblical King Josiah, who dramatically reformed Judah after the tyranny of King Manasseh. Young Edward was scholarly, studied theology and left more than 100 essays, one of them denouncing the papacy. During his reign the Church of England continued to flourish and grow. But Edward's rule was also a time of political, economic and religious crisis marked by intrigue and deceit. His own uncle and adviser, Thomas Seymour, was sent to the block for attempting to kidnap Edward, and his sister Mary refused to give up the banned Catholic mass. Skidmore's fast-paced biography, which draws on Edward's journals and correspondence, brings this king and his brief reign to vivid life. 16 pages of color photos. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Edward -- VI, -- King of England, -- 1537-1553.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Great Britain -- History -- Edward VI, 1547-1553.
Great Britain -- Court and courtiers -- History -- 16th century.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,2007
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Other Titles Edward the Sixth
Language English
Description xviii, 346 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [290]-298) and index.
ISBN 9780312351427
0312351429
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