28 January 1547 – The death of Henry VIII and accession of Edward VI

| January 28, 2017

On Friday 28th January 1547 the fifty-five-year-old King Henry VIII died at the Palace of Whitehall. His death was kept secret until 31st January, giving the King’s Council time to discuss what was going to happen regarding the accession of Henry VIII’s nine-year-old son, Edward, who became King Edward VI. Chroniclers Edward Hall and Charles […]

An overview of King Edward VI by Kyra Kramer

| November 17, 2016

An overview of King Edward VI by Kyra Kramer

Thank you so much to Kyra Kramer for joining us on The Anne Boleyn Files today as part of her book tour for Edward VI in a Nutshell. It’s lovely to play host to her today. Edward VI is often seen as nothing more than a puppet or pawn who had little impact on England, […]

History, the Tudors, The Devil’s chalice and Me – Derek Wilson

| November 7, 2016

History, the Tudors, The Devil’s chalice and Me – Derek Wilson

We are honoured to play host to historian and author Derek Wilson today as part of his book tour for his latest historical thriller The Devil’s Chalice. Derek’s publisher, MadeGlobal Publishing, is offering one lucky Anne Boleyn Files follower the chance to win a paperback copy of Derek’s novel – see details at the bottom […]

Jane Seymour and the birth of Edward VI

| October 12, 2016

Jane Seymour and the birth of Edward VI

On this day in history, 12th October 1537, the eve of the feast of St Edward the Confessor, Queen Jane Seymour gave birth to a son who would grow up to be Edward VI. On this anniversary, I always receive questions about Edward’s birth so I thought I’d answer a few of the common ones […]

Happy Birthday Edward VI – Guest Post by Kyra Kramer

| October 12, 2016

Happy Birthday Edward VI – Guest Post by Kyra Kramer

Thank you so much to Kyra Kramer for writing this guest post in honour of King Edward VI’s birthday. Kyra has just released a fascinating book on Edward, Edward VI in a Nutshell and you can find out more about it at the bottom of this post and find out how you can win a […]

11 October 1537 – A procession and prayers for Queen Jane Seymour

| October 11, 2016

11 October 1537 – A procession and prayers for Queen Jane Seymour

On this day in history, Thursday 11th October 1537, there was a solemn procession in London to pray for Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife and queen consort, who was in labour, a labour which was to last for over 30 hours. Here is the record from Charles Wriothesley’s chronicle: “This yeare, the 11th daie of […]

8 August 1553 – Edward VI’s funeral

| August 8, 2016

8 August 1553 – Edward VI’s funeral

On 8th August 1553, King Edward VI’s remains were interred in a white marble vault beneath the altar of his grandfather Henry VII’s Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey. Edward had died on 6th July 1553 at the age of fifteen – click here to read more about his death. Edward’s grave was unmarked until a memorial […]

6 July 1553 – The “boy king” Edward VI dies

| July 6, 2016

6 July 1553 – The “boy king” Edward VI dies

On the evening of 6th July 1553, fifteen-year-old King Edward VI, son of King Henry VIII and Queen Jane Seymour, died at Greenwich Palace in the arms of Sir Henry Sidney, his friend and Chief Gentleman of the King’s Privy Chamber. In his “Devise for the Succession”, Edward had chosen Lady Jane Grey, his cousin […]