Reign of King Edward VI

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Historical Context Note

King Edward VI (life 1537-53; reign 1547-53). ‘Son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, Edward inherited the throne when he was just nine years old. As he was governed by his Protestant tutors Richard Cox, Sir John Cheke and Sir Anthony Cooke, Edward's reign saw England's constitution move further towards Protestantism, following the breaks with Roman authority instigated by Henry. Edward repealed Henry's Catholic Six Articles (1539), and further diminished ecclesiastical power in the kingdom by dissolving the chantries in the same vein as the dissolution of the monasteries (1536). In 1549 he published a vernacular uniform worship book, the Book of Common Prayer, which, with revisions, was to play an important role in the liturgy of the …

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Editors. "Reign of King Edward VI". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 June 2005
[, accessed 30 June 2015.]

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  1. Reigns and Monarchy in the British Isles