King Edward VI was a child when his father, Henry
VIII died. He had been a much sought after heir to
the Tudor throne and expectations were high when Edward
VI was crowned. It was hoped that the new King would
enjoy a long and successful reign, resolving the religious
problems of the day. King Edward VI died long before
any of these expectations could be met. Indeed, Edward
never ruled the country himself, his uncle, the Duke
of Somerset, governed as regent as Edward was so young.
mother had been Jane Seymour, she died shortly after
he was born and so Edward was brought up in the royal
household alongside his older sister, Elizabeth. King
Edward VI was brought up in a protestant household.
His uncle had great hopes of ensuring the dominance
of the new protestant religion. This was in stark
contrast to his sisters, Mary being a devout Catholic
as a result of her mother being Spanish. Edward's
brief reign as King of England ended when, at the
age of just 15, he died of Tuberculosis. His reign
had seen the spread of religious disharmony and the
beginnings of the persecution of the Catholics: although
non of these were directly his doing.