Edward (VI, King of England 1547-1553)

 Born  12 Oct 1537   Born At  Hampton Court Palace
 Died  6 Jul 1553   Buried At  Westminster Abbey
 Father  Henry (VIII, King of England 1509-1547)   Mother  Seymour, Jane
Preceded by  Henry (VIII, King of England 1509-1547) Succeeded by  Mary (I, Queen of England 1553-1558, Bloody Mary, Mary Tudor)
 Royal House   Tudor

Titles Include

King of England from 1547

dward was the only surviving son of King Henry VIII of England and his third wife Jane Seymour. Edward was born at Hampton Court Palace on 12th October 1537. Jane Seymour died shortly after the birth of her son. Henry was pleased with the birth of a son who could succeed him after his death. After Jane's death Henry married Catherine Parr and it was Catherine who brought Henry's children together. Edward, Mary and Elizabeth lived under the same one roof for the first time. It was Catherine who recognised the need for Henry's children to have a good education and arranged for the best tutors to teach them. Edward's early years were filled with learning.

Becomes King

When Henry VIII died in January 1547 Edward was only nine years old and at this age the young king could not rule without help. He was assisted by his uncle, Edward Seymour the duke of Somerset, who was given the title of Protector of the Realm.

Family Tree Details
Father: Henry (VIII, King of England 1509-1547) (b.1491 - d.1547)
Mother: Seymour, Jane ( - d.1537)
Edward (VI, King of England 1547-1553) (b.1537 - d.1553)

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Early Modern Period (1500-1800)
1537 Oct 12  Edward VI born at Hampton Court
 Jane Seymour gave birth to Edward at Hampton Court. The birth had complications and Jane became ill.

Episode: Henry VIII and his Six Wives  
 Oct 24  Jane Seymour dies
 Jane Seymour died after complications with the birth of Edward VI. She was buried in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Episode: Henry VIII and his Six Wives  
1543   6yrsSuccession to the Crown Act
 An act passed by Parliament specifiying the order of succession to the English throne after the death of Henry VIII. Although Edward was the youngest the order would be Edward, Mary and the Elizabeth. [1] 
 Jul  Treaties of Greenwich
 A treaty was signed by the Scots and Henry VIII swearing firstly peace between the two nations and secondly the agreement that Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, should marry Henry's son Edward. Although these two treaties were initially agreed they had been rejected by the Scots by the end of the year. 
1547 Feb 20  10yrsEdward VI crowned
 The coronation of Henry VIII's son Edward took place at Westminster Abbey. 
1553 Jun  16yrsChange to Edward VI's will
 Edward signed a change to his earlier will or 'devise' and nominated Lady Jane Grey as heir to the English throne. The change was orchestrated by the Duke of Northumberland and Sir John Gates. Lady Jane Grey had married the Duke's son Guilford Dudley a few months earlier and the will initially stated that Janes's male heirs would be next in line. This was altered when is was seen the Edward would die before she had children so that Jane herself could become Queen.

Episode: Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Day Queen  
 Jul 6  Death of Edward VI
 Edward VI died at Greenwich Palace as the age of 15.

Episode: Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Day Queen  
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