Edward VI of England

Week #24 Essay, History


Edward VI of England


Edward was born on October 12th, 1537. His parents were King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry. Edward was educated by private tutors when he was six, and he liked military knowledge. He was also influenced by Protestantism.

Edward became king of England at nine years old in 1547 when King Henry died. He wasn’t allowed to be fully in charge until he was eighteen, so before Henry died, he assigned a council of sixteen men to co-rule with Edward. He was nicknamed “British Josiah” because of how young he was when he was appointed king.

Henry VIII had started to make the Church of England more Protestant and Edward tried to carry that out during his reign, and he also started the English Reformation.

In 1553, Edward caught tuberculosis and his Council realized they needed a successor. Edward refused to have his sister Mary (Bloody Mary) as queen, so he named his cousin Lady Jane Grey as his heir. Edward died on July 6th, 1553.


Written by Amelia Jacobson 2016


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