In his desperate quest for an heir, King Henry VIII divorced one wife and beheaded another. The birth of Prince Edward on October 12, 1537, ended his father’s twenty-seven-year wait. Nine years later, Edward was on the throne, a boy-king of a nation in religious limbo and in a court where manipulation, treachery, and plotting were rife.
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Praise for Edward VI
“The brief reign of Henry VIII’s only son was one of the most pivotal moments in British history. In Edward VI, Chris Skidmore gives readers a revealing glimpse into the young king’s tumultuous reign. Crowned when he was only nine, Edward would live for six more years. Ruler of a nation embroiled in a war with Scotland, threatened by religious divisions and thrust into the center of the power struggles at the Tudor court, Edward was guided by tutors and rival uncles who valued their own agendas above anything else.”—History magazine
“This is an engaging and evocative portrait of Edward VI . . . filled with vivid detail.”—Alison Weir, author of Henry VIII: The King and His Court“A revealing glimpse into the tumultuous six-year reign of Edward VI . . . Skidmore’s fast-paced biography . . . brings this king and his brief reign to vivid life.” —Publishers Weekly
“An impressive debut . . . A highly entertaining read . . . Sure-footed and evenhanded.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Youth triumphant: one of our brightest young historian’s impressive debut biography of England’s boy-king, Edward VI.” —David Starkey, author of Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII
“The high drama of the Tudor century’s pivotal reign is brilliantly captured by this bright young historian.” —Robert Lacey, author of Majesty and The Year 1000
Chris Skidmore was born in Bristol, England, in 1981. He is a prize-winning honors graduate of Oxford University and is adviser to the British Shadow Secretary for Education.