On this day in history, 2nd April 1552, the 50th anniversary of his Uncle Arthur’s death, the 14 year old King Edward VI fell ill with measles and smallpox. Fortunately he survived.
Chris Skidmore, author of “Edward VI: The Lost King of England” , believes that it was this bout of illness which suppressed the King’s immune system and which led to him dying of consumption (tuberculosis) on the 6th July 1553. King Edward VI, son of Henry VIII and Queen Jane Seymour, died at the age of just 15 and never had chance to rule England in his own right. So sad.
You can find out more about Edward VI in the following articles:-
- Happy Birthday Edward VI!
- The Christening of Edward VI
- The Coronation of Edward VI
- RIP Edward VI
- Edward VI Bio page