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  1. says:

    This time, I m giving it a solid 4 stars I really enjoyed the book and want it for my Tudor book collection Original review 3.5Like most books that focus on a historical figure that has very little written about them see Edward s mother, for instance it can be lacking in rich detail and tends to focus on people around the person the biography is about And, like most books, this falls into that trap for about half the book Since Edward was so young when he took the throne, it wasn t him This time, I m giving it a solid 4 stars I really enjoyed the book and want it for my Tudor book collection Original review 3.5Like most books that focus on a historical figure that has very little written about them see Edward s mother, for instance it can be lacking in rich detail and tends to focus on people around the person the biography is about And, like most books, this falls into that trap for about half the book Since Edward was so young when he took the throne, it wasn t him who was in charge, it were those around it.That s my main complaint about this book It focused a lot on Northumberland, Somerset, and the Lord Admiral Respectively John Dudley, Edward Seymour, and Thomas Seymour I ll use their titles mostly since that s typically how they re referenced throughout the book It s understandable with all the coups and factions that arose as in Henry VI s time as the last child king of England that they would focus there for the bulk of Edward s reign Still, it got a bit annoying when there was a full chapter on the Lord Admiral s thing with Elizabeth, when it didn t even give Edward s reaction to it Or, the last chapter I could have done without a whole chapter about Mary rising up and fighting Jane s rule.However, about 50 60% through the book, Edward was old enough to start making decisions for himself And, it showed I loved how much his diary was used throughout that section as a primary resource It wantedof it I wantedof Edward By the end, Skid had convinced me about how important Edward VI was to the English Reformation If he had lived, what would have happened That s my main question What would England have turned into Would Mary have risen up against her brother Would Edward have married a Lutheran Protestant instead of Henri II s daughter Would he have invaded France, like his father did, and tried to capture Paris and turn them to the true religion If there is a fictional book pondering those questions, someone please tell me Because I need to read it Stat.Other than my complaint about how the book was set up, some of his sentences bothered me They were clunky, and really obvious that this was one of his first books Not a slight in the least I make those mistakes myself all the freaking time It was just funny to reread them to try understanding what Skid meant.A very good book, though Now I need to go readabout Edward VI Again, if anyone has any fiction or nonfiction, recommend it to me I will love you forever


  2. says:

    The boy king Edward VI was a Tudor King and yet due to his short reign, was overshadowed by the other Tudor monarchs In every history book you will read, they briefly graze upon Edward and his over bearing concillors Edward Seymour and John Dudley Yet, those threads and facts are merely presented to demonstrate how they effected upon the lives of Mary and Elizabeth Skid delightfully presents an ENTIRE book dedicated to the young boy who changed England forever by pushing Protestantism and The boy king Edward VI was a Tudor King and yet due to his short reign, was overshadowed by the other Tudor monarchs In every history book you will read, they briefly graze upon Edward and his over bearing concillors Edward Seymour and John Dudley Yet, those threads and facts are merely presented to demonstrate how they effected upon the lives of Mary and Elizabeth Skid delightfully presents an ENTIRE book dedicated to the young boy who changed England forever by pushing Protestantism and also changing Henry VIII s will by creating his own Device to the Sucession and implementing Jane Grey s mother and ultimately Jane Skid provides an open look into how controlled poor Edward was, and yet his struggle for power and religious control A lesser talked about monarch and yet a strong child Skid provides historically accurate facts and keeps you on your toes Suggested for any Tudor fan


  3. says:

    Edward VI is little known most people, if they remember him, would recall him being the boy king who preceded hischarismatic and dynamic sisters And yet, this boy king reigned for 9 years, upon which there was a general shift in religious attitudes towards arigid Protestantism, away from the pseudo Protestantism his father championed and the Catholic Church of old I picked up this book out of genuine curiosity Edward, like previously remarked, is generally given a few mentions Edward VI is little known most people, if they remember him, would recall him being the boy king who preceded hischarismatic and dynamic sisters And yet, this boy king reigned for 9 years, upon which there was a general shift in religious attitudes towards arigid Protestantism, away from the pseudo Protestantism his father championed and the Catholic Church of old I picked up this book out of genuine curiosity Edward, like previously remarked, is generally given a few mentions before historians and writers move on to Mary and Elizabeth Dare I suggest there may beinterest towards Jane than Edward There s a lot to learn about the boy, and this book promised an introduction to the mysterious King Skid did an excellent job in introducing and emphasizing the intricacies of the court during Edward s reign Being a minor, the King relied on his court to guide him, and any Tudorphile is aware of the deception, trickery and Machiavellian tactics that permeated the royal retinue Perhaps a slight downside, but I expected there to beof a focus on Edward himself rather, a substantial part of the book was dedicated to developing characters such as Somerset and Northumberland Understandable, but slightly disappointing A slight detour the diary passages used by Skid were brilliant, and they allowed a greater understanding of the person behind the crown.Ultimately, what this book really emphasized was the religious shift during Edward s reign, and this was the part I found the most fascinating Edward was a strong proponent of the new religion his role in the English Reformation was formative and compelling, and the changes he spurred are still seen today As some other reader mentioned, it begs the question how far would Edward have gone The writing on the whole was good generally well written, tending a bit on the conversational side at times A great read, really perfect for any Tudor lover


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    You don t hear a lot about Edward VI The poor boy didn t rule very long and he was sandwiched between his father, the overbearing, gouty pig Henry VIII and his sisters, the overbearing gouty pig Mary I and the desperately insecure and petty yet brilliant feminist icon, Elizabeth I I found this to be a very interesting foray into his brief life and even briefer rule His relationship with his Seymour uncles ended in at least one death, I believe , his rigid Protestant beliefs and the political You don t hear a lot about Edward VI The poor boy didn t rule very long and he was sandwiched between his father, the overbearing, gouty pig Henry VIII and his sisters, the overbearing gouty pig Mary I and the desperately insecure and petty yet brilliant feminist icon, Elizabeth I I found this to be a very interesting foray into his brief life and even briefer rule His relationship with his Seymour uncles ended in at least one death, I believe , his rigid Protestant beliefs and the political machinations behind his need to keep a Protestant on the throne are all discussed in depth When he realized he was going to die, he skipped over his sisters Mary was an avowed Catholic just as rigid as he was and Elizabeth was shrewdly refusing to take sides and sealed poor Jane Grey s Nine days queen fate And it all failed anyway, leading to Bloody Mary s reign Ironic, really, that the Tudor obsession with securing the throne with male heirs ended with Elizabeth who refused to marry and have children, ironic because it was that very obsession that set her on that path and lead to James reign, which was also ironic, considering all the energy Elizabeth expended keeping James mother, Mary, Queen of Scots, from claiming the throne Oh, it s all twisted and fascinating


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    This is an interesting and very readable book covering a little known king in English history Although Edward VI died young and never truly reigned in his own right there is enough political in fighting, rebellions and source material about the boy king himself to tell a fascinating story.In fact because this history is so limited in it s scope due to Edward s early death it provides a good opportunity for us to have an insight into how a king is educated and prepared for his future role rather This is an interesting and very readable book covering a little known king in English history Although Edward VI died young and never truly reigned in his own right there is enough political in fighting, rebellions and source material about the boy king himself to tell a fascinating story.In fact because this history is so limited in it s scope due to Edward s early death it provides a good opportunity for us to have an insight into how a king is educated and prepared for his future role rather than most histories which deal predominantly with adult monarchs.It is true that the book spends as much time covering the two main political actors of the period Somerset and Northumberland as it does Edward himself, however I think this is both necessary and unavoidable in order to understand events of the period.As other reviews have mentioned, perhaps one failing of the book is that it doesn t ask the question of how influential Edward s short reign was How significant were the religious reforms instigated during his life time and what was their affect on the reigns of Mary and perhapsimportantly Elizabeth Despite this lack of analysis, if you re looking for a well written and enjoyable narrative history of Edward VI s reign I would recommend this book


  6. says:

    This was a little bit of a drag for me in the middle The beginning close to Henry VIII s reign and the end the start of Mary s rule were easier to follow Between, when everyone is scheming for power while Edward VI is a minor, were a little hard to follow It s difficult to keep track of who s who when they have a name and also a title and the two seem to be used interchangeably, with titles sometimes changing as well But Skid seems to be very thorough, incorporating tons of primary s This was a little bit of a drag for me in the middle The beginning close to Henry VIII s reign and the end the start of Mary s rule were easier to follow Between, when everyone is scheming for power while Edward VI is a minor, were a little hard to follow It s difficult to keep track of who s who when they have a name and also a title and the two seem to be used interchangeably, with titles sometimes changing as well But Skid seems to be very thorough, incorporating tons of primary source material, and it was well written I don t think there are many books on Edward VI, I d recommend this if you re looking for one


  7. says:

    Skid suffers of clumsy writing occasionally I struggled with three or four stars as the material is good, the delivery lacks a bit Some silly mistakes in wording that even an amateur like me picked off but a good addition to any Tudor lovers library I came to know dear Eddy in a much fuller sense Who he was and the triumphs and challenges faced during his brief reign.


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    Chris Skid makes courageous choices addressing topics challenging due to limited popular appeal his later book, Death And The Virgin, I thoroughly enjoyed Edward VI s reign we seethrough the prism of important religious development than being drawn to the boy king s persona That s understandable, this being a short reign.The obvious question is why this short reign is so eclipsed by Bloody Mary I s even shorter one immediately following it Answer Mary was the first queen regnan Chris Skid makes courageous choices addressing topics challenging due to limited popular appeal his later book, Death And The Virgin, I thoroughly enjoyed Edward VI s reign we seethrough the prism of important religious development than being drawn to the boy king s persona That s understandable, this being a short reign.The obvious question is why this short reign is so eclipsed by Bloody Mary I s even shorter one immediately following it Answer Mary was the first queen regnant, a mature and tormented woman with a dramatic personal history, a Catholic zealot who burnt heretics for better or worse, acolourful character to grasp.Edward might have become a fascinating figure, but his meagre measure of life allowed little opportunity for noteworthy character building Formidably well educated, he was also the first English monarch raised a Protestant Intensely conscious of his status as God s anointed, he was pompous for his years, even castigating his much older intransigent half sister Mary for flaunting her staunch Catholicism He conversely favoured his other half sister Elizabeth, Mary s junior, who soundly rejected Catholicism.He was similarly fond of his widowed stepmother Queen Catherine Parr, herself a keener reformist than her husband Henry VIII had been and who, in her early widowhood, married Edward s uncle Thomas Seymour, scheming brother of Lord Protector Somerset This would have perplexed the boy, leaving him split around personal and official approval, family loyalty and royal favour.Family rumour and scandal were persistently laid at Edward s feet, often intended to agitate the boy and tug at him to side with these incestuous court factions.Touches of his tyrannical father glinted hopelessly through Edward s pasty adolescent veneer He then became famously frail and sickly, confined and bedbound,than ever under the spell of his scheming counsellors.He expressed frustration by his powerlessness as a minor whose governing was done by a Regency Council while he, whose personal seal was required, felt personally responsible for so much This primarily involved overseeing contentious religiopolitical completions his devout father had shied away from despite his severance from Rome and Dissolution of Monasteries, Henry VIII had balked at extending his Church of England into one signifying a fully fledged Protestant state Responsibility fell into Edwards hands to add imperative final touches like abolition of the Mass and clerical celibacy, imposing compulsory services in English, etc.These factors explain why Edward s reign is characterised and remembered through his advisors who steered such legislation, especially his Seymour uncle Edward, Duke of Somerset and then John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland Orbiting him like vultures was a fractious cast of royals and nobles farmemorable than Edward himself because of their longer andcomplex and sensational lives.In his frailty, conscious of his own mortality, he became increasingly malleable and vulnerable to diplomatic pressure From his deathbed he was easily persuaded to sign over his kingdom to his Protestant cousin Lady Jane Grey, daughter in law of Edward s de facto regent, the dynastically ambitious Protestant John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland whose persuasion centred on Edward keeping his bastard half sisters Mary and Elizabeth from ruling, the eldest especially, being herself Catholic Regardless how easily persuaded, Edward would again have felt torn by family loyalty, religion and kingly duty in this final act, preparing to meet his maker It s a pity to then have him eclipsed in history by the nine days queen episode of Jane Grey who usurped Mary only to be overthrown herself Edward becomes almost forgotten due to Mary s bloody reign and religious reversion to Roman Catholicism, her marriage to Philip of Spain, her persecution of her half sister Elizabeth who was sent to the Tower and almost never lived let alone ruled Mary s humiliating phantom pregnancy adds to her infamy, as does her begrudging bequeath of the crown to Protestant half sister Elizabeth in the absence of offspring The latter s subsequent eponymous golden age again hold s poor Edward s place back in the Tudor shadows, forever outshone by his mighty father and legendary siblings.Not everyone s favourite reign to read on, this is important history to understand, contextually Chris Skid has my greatest respect for taking on projects hispopular contemporaries veer away from to stay safely within the established bounds of popular reading.This, like Skid s other above mentioned book, is well researched, written and documented I d like to seeof his clever biographical ideas materialise


  9. says:

    When we think of the Tudor rulers, we think of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I However, there was another king who ruled for only five years and was Henry VIII s only legitimate male heir, Edward VI Most people think that Edward was a mere pawn of his government officials but is that accurate Chris Skid tackles that question of who was the real Edward VI in his book Edward VI The Lost King of England.We all know the story of how Henry VIII wanted a male heir and how Henry When we think of the Tudor rulers, we think of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I However, there was another king who ruled for only five years and was Henry VIII s only legitimate male heir, Edward VI Most people think that Edward was a mere pawn of his government officials but is that accurate Chris Skid tackles that question of who was the real Edward VI in his book Edward VI The Lost King of England.We all know the story of how Henry VIII wanted a male heir and how Henry dealt with his wives, Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn when they couldn t produce male heirs It was Jane Seymour who was able to give birth to Henry s heir Edward on October 12, 1537, although she died shortly after From the beginning of his young life, Edward was coddled and his education was carefully considered Edward was living a comfortable life of a prince, but that all changed when on January 28, 1547, Henry VIII died and at the tender age of nine Chris Skid put this young king s life into perspective The legacy of Edward s reign is one of the most exciting political histories of the Tudor age, from which few appeared unscathed His untimely death cut short a life that, forged in the remarkable political circumstance of his childhood, would have left us with a very different Tudor England than that fashioned under the female monarchies of Mary and Elizabeth page 9 Some of the few men who were in charge of Edward s well being while he was making the transition from boy to king were Edward Seymour Duke of Somerset, Edward s maternal uncle, John Dudley Duke of Northumberland, and John Cheke, Edward s tutor Edward Seymour was the Lord Protector and the older brother of the somewhat infamous Thomas Seymour Edward Seymour and John Dudley would later come to hate each other and most of Edward s short reign consisted of the two men fighting each other for the right to help Edward run the kingdom, as well as fight rebellions that would spring up to try and throw the country into chaos.John Cheke, as Edward s tutor, taught the young king about the Protestant faith that was mw00459making a foothold in England Most people think that Henry VIII was the one who helped bring the Protestant faith to England when he broke away from Rome Henry VIII might of helped get the reform started, but Edward VI was the one who took the Protestant movement and was willing to make it known throughout England, even if it meant facing against his most formidable foe, his half sister Mary who was a devout Catholic.This was the world that King Edward VI lived in until he died on July 6, 1553, at the age of fifteen Even after he died, he threw chaos into the succession that his father planned out by placing his cousin Lady Jane Grey on the throne instead of Mary It did not last long but the six day reign of Lady Jane Grey was Edward s choice and his alone By the end of his life, Edward was becoming his own man and no one would stand in his way.In Edward VI The Lost King of England , Chris Skid brings the reader into this complex world of this young king both inside his court and what the laws he enacted did to the common people Skid illuminates this once forgotten king whose life was cut short by tuberculosis and shows us how much of a reformer king he truly was Edward may have been young but he was an intellectual who made up his mind just like his father This book gives us a different view of religion and politics during this time Edward VI will never be lost or forgotten after this book


  10. says:

    Believe it or not, this is the first book I have read that focuses solely on Edward VI, the longed for male heir of Henry VIII and younger half brother to Mary I and Elizabeth I I found the book informative but it still raised long asked questions about Edward s reign How in control was he during his reign Was he just the Duke of Somerset s AKA the Lord Protector AKA Edward Seymour, Edward s uncle puppet and then later, the Duke of Northumberland s John Dudley Author Chris Skid raises Believe it or not, this is the first book I have read that focuses solely on Edward VI, the longed for male heir of Henry VIII and younger half brother to Mary I and Elizabeth I I found the book informative but it still raised long asked questions about Edward s reign How in control was he during his reign Was he just the Duke of Somerset s AKA the Lord Protector AKA Edward Seymour, Edward s uncle puppet and then later, the Duke of Northumberland s John Dudley Author Chris Skid raises these questions and provides plenty of contemporary evidence of Edward s role in the administration of his Court I think Skid does a fine job of gathering evidence and presenting it clearly in an engaging way throughout the book Through Skid s words, the reader learns that Edward was a prodigy of sorts, readily learning languages and theology, as well as taking great interest in the government of his country as he grew older and what child would not, who has such power at his fingertips and who is eager to wield it There are conflicting contemporary accounts of Edward s reign throughout the book which of course, is no fault of the author s Naturally, those clinging to the Catholic faith and those close to Mary, such as the Imperial Ambassadors saw Edward as a boy king who was being manipulated by his uncle and his Council full of Protestant sympathizers Even those of Edward s own Council secretly fought for the power of manipulation over the young king s mind and were somewhat successful, but Edward certainly had his own ideas and grew into them as he grew closer to his death As with most newly uncovered tidbits of history,questions are raised than answered.I do not want to give too much away To those of you who are familiar with the Tudor dynasty, you know all of the stories, but I do not want to spoil Skid s perspective if you have not read this one You can see the original review here


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Edward VI: The Lost King Of England Chris Skid Tells The Story Of A Boy Born To Absolute Powers, Whose Own Writings And Letters Offer A Picture Of A Life Full Of Promise, But Tragically Cut Short This Is Not Only A Story Of Bloodthirsty Power Struggles, But Also Of How The Church Moved Far Along Protestant Lines