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 […]

Tudor Life Edward VI Special

| June 27, 2016

Tudor Life Edward VI Special

This month’s Tudor Life, the Tudor Society magazine, is commemorating the anniversary of the death of Edward VI on 6th July with an Edward VI special. The “boy king” is often overlooked so I’m really pleased that editor Gareth Russell chose to highlight him and his reign in the magazine. It’s choc-a-block with fascinating insights. […]

28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

| January 28, 2016

28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

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 […]

Did Jane Seymour have a C-section?

| October 12, 2015

Did Jane Seymour have a C-section?

Today is the anniversary of the birth of King Edward VI and every year, without fail, I see comments on social media about how he was born by a caesarean section and that Queen Jane Seymour’s death was caused by the surgery. This is a myth which has been debunked by many historians, but where […]

6 July – The Deaths of a King and a former Lord Chancellor

| July 6, 2015

6 July – The Deaths of a King and a former Lord Chancellor

6th July is the anniversary of the deaths of two famous Tudor personalities. Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s former Lord Chancellor, was executed on Tower Hill on this day in 1535 and King Edward VI died in the arms of Sir Henry Sidney, one of the Chief Gentleman of his Privy Chamber, on this day […]

20 February 1547 – Edward VI is crowned

| February 20, 2015

20 February 1547 – Edward VI is crowned

On this day in history, 20th February 1547, King Edward VI was crowned King at Westminster Abbey, following the death of his father Henry VIII on 28th January 1547. You can read all about the coronation procession and the coronation itself in my article The Coronation of Edward VI, but here is a contempoary account […]

15 October 1537 – Edward VI Christened at Hampton Court Palace

| October 15, 2014

15 October 1537 – Edward VI Christened at Hampton Court Palace

Today was the day in 1537 when three day-old Prince Edward, the future Edward VI, was christened in the Chapel Royal of Hampton Court Palace. Edward’s eldest half-sister Mary stood as his godmother and his godfathers were Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. You can read a […]