Son of Henry VIII, Edouard VI reigned 6 years on England. Portrait.
29 April 2015
Charlotte Bolland et Cécile Maisonneuve
ÉDOUARD VI (1537-1553) Reign : 1547-1553
“What a King should England have had if God had given him his father’s age” Richard Morison, on the death of Edward VI.
Son of Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, Edward was only 9 years old when he became king in 1547. Guided by his uncle, Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, then by John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, Edward VI sought to establish Protestantism in England during the course of his reign. He named his Protestant cousin Jane Grey as his heir to avoid his half-sister, the devout Catholic Mary I, from acceding to the throne, and thus removed both her and his other half-sister, Elizabeth I from the line of succession.
He died in 1553 at the age of 15. Upon his death, Jane Grey would reign for a mere nine days.
Watch the video on the restoration of the painting Edward VI and the Pope of the National Portrait Gallery