An overview of King Edward VI by Kyra Kramer

kyra-kramer-and-edward-viThank 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, but that is far from the truth and he’s a fascinating character. Kyra gives us an overview of Edward in the following video and I hope it piques your interest in him.

MadeGlobal Publishing is offering one lucky Anne Boleyn Files follower a paperback copy of Edward VI in a Nutshell. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below before midnight on Wednesday 23rd November saying what you found interesting about Kyra’s video. One comment will be picked at random and the commenter contacted for his/her details. The giveaway is open internationally. Good luck!

You can catch up with Kyra at the other stops on her book tour, here is the schedule:


Book blurb:

MadeGlobal’s History in a Nutshell Series aims to give readers a good grounding in a historical topic in a concise, easily digestible and easily accessible way.

Born twenty-seven years into his father’s reign, Henry VIII’s son, Edward VI, was the answer to a whole country’s prayers. Precocious and well-loved, his life should have been idyllic and his own reign long and powerful. Unfortunately for him and for England, that was not to be the case.

Crowned King of England at nine years old, Edward was thrust into a world of power players, some who were content to remain behind the throne, and some who would do anything to control it completely. Devoutly Protestant and in possession of an uncanny understanding of his realm, Edward’s actions had lasting effects on the religious nature of the kingdom and would surely have triggered even more drastic changes if he hadn’t tragically and unexpectedly died at the age of fifteen.

Physicians of the day wrote reams of descriptions of the disease that killed him, but in Edward VI in a Nutshell, medical anthropologist Kyra Kramer (author of Henry VIII’s Health in a Nutshell) proposes a new theory of what, exactly, caused his death.

Straightforward and informative, Edward VI in a Nutshell will give readers a better understanding than they’ve ever had of the life, reign, and death, of England’s last child monarch.

Click here to find out more about Kyra’s book.

Kyra Cornelius Kramer is an author and researcher with undergraduate degrees in both biology and anthropology from the University of Kentucky, as well as a masters degree in medical anthropology from Southern Methodist University. Her work is published in several peer-reviewed journals, including The Historical Journal, Studies in Gothic Fiction, and Journal of Popular Romance Studies and she regularly writes for The Tudor Society. Her books include Blood Will Tell: A medical explanation for the tyranny of Henry VIII, The Jezebel Effect: Why the sl*t shaming of famous queens still matters, Henry VIII’s Health in a Nutshell and Edward VI in a Nutshell.

P.S. Today is the anniversary of the death of Queen Mary I in 1558 and the accession of her half-sister, Queen Elizabeth I – click here to read more.

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