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 […]

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 […]

6 July 1553 – King Edward VI Dies

| July 6, 2014

6 July 1553 – King Edward VI Dies

At sometime between 8pm and 9pm on 6th July 1553 fifteen year-old King Edward VI, the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, died at Greenwich Palace. He died in the arms of Sir Henry Sidney, one of the Chief Gentleman of his Privy Chamber, and his last words were “I am faint; Lord have […]

Helen Castor’s Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death – Episode 3: A Good Death

| October 24, 2013

Helen Castor’s Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death – Episode 3: A Good Death

Last night I watched the third and final episode of historian Helen Castor’s series “Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death”, and this week Castor focused on death in the medieval era. Here is an article based on the notes I wrote as I watched it. Castor began the episode by taking us back to 3rd November […]

6 July 1553 – The Death of Edward VI

| July 6, 2013

6 July 1553 – The Death of Edward VI

On the evening of 6th July 1553, King Edward VI, son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, died at Greenwich Palace following a few months of illness. Chronicler Raphael Holinshed recorded his final prayer: “LORD God, deliver me out of this miserable and wretched life, take me among thy chosen: howbeit not my will, but […]

6 July 1535 and 1553 – The Deaths of Sir Thomas More and King Edward VI

| July 6, 2012

6 July 1535 and 1553 – The Deaths of Sir Thomas More and King Edward VI

Today we remember two very different Tudor characters, and two very different deaths: the execution of Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s former Lord Chancellor, for treason, and the natural death of King Edward VI. You can read more about the deaths of these two men in the following articles: The Execution of Sir Thomas More […]