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Edward VI The Lost King of England ❮Download❯ ➾ Edward VI The Lost King of England Author Christopher Skidmore – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 p The Lost PDF/EPUB ç 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 Edward VI Epub / cut short This is not only a story of bloodthirsty power struggles but also of how the Church moved far along Protestant lines.


10 thoughts on “Edward VI The Lost King of England

  1. Caidyn (he/him/his) Caidyn (he/him/his) says:

    This time I'm giving it a solid 4 stars I really enjoyed the book and want it for my Tudor book collectionOriginal review35Like 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 itThat'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 ruleHowever 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 wanted of it I wanted of 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 uestion What would England have turned into? Would Mary have risen up against her brother? Would Edward have married a LutheranProtestant 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 uestions someone please tell me Because I need to read it StatOther 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 meantA very good book though Now I need to go read about Edward VI Again if anyone has any fiction or nonfiction recommend it to me I will love you forever


  2. Orsolya Orsolya 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 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. Heidi Malagisi Heidi Malagisi 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 uestion 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 perspectiveThe 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 9Some 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 chaosJohn 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 CatholicThis 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 wayIn “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


  4. Celine Dion Celine Dion says:

    Edward VI is little known most people if they remember him would recall him being the boy king who preceded his charismatic and dynamic sisters And yet this 'boy king' reigned for 9 years upon which there was a general shift in religious attitudes towards a rigid 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 be interest 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 be of 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 crownUltimately 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 uestion 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


  5. Margaret von Fizzlewick Margaret von Fizzlewick says:

    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 ueenfate 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 ueen of Scots from claiming the throne Oh it's all twisted and fascinating


  6. Geoff Geoff says:

    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 storyIn 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 monarchsIt 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 periodAs other reviews have mentioned perhaps one failing of the book is that it doesn't ask the uestion 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 perhaps importantly 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


  7. Courtney Umlauf Courtney Umlauf 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 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


  8. Thalia Thalia 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


  9. Sarah Wagner Sarah Wagner says:

    Edward VI is certainly an overlooked Tudor monarch despite being the son Henry VIII so eagerly awaited His brief reign was filled with intrigue and dominated by the noblemen who ruled in Edward's name The shifts in power and schemes can be confusing but Skid presents a very readable account of this troubled reign Edward is an elusive personality but fleshed out as a person than in other biographies I've encountered I really enjoyed this biography and I hope to find information about some of the historical figures mentioned in this book A good read and a fascinating history overall


  10. C.S. Burrough C.S. Burrough says:

    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 see through the prism of important religious development than being drawn to the boy king's persona That's understandable this being a short reignThe obvious uestion is why this short reign is so eclipsed by 'Bloody' Mary I's even shorter one immediately following it? Answer Mary was the first ueen regnant a mature and tormented woman with a dramatic personal history a Catholic zealot who burnt heretics for better or worse a colourful character to graspEdward 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 CatholicismHe was similarly fond of his widowed stepmother ueen 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 favourFamily 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 factionsTouches 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 counsellorsHe expressed frustration by his powerlessness as a minor whose governing was done by a Regency Council while he whose personal seal was reuired 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 etcThese 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 far memorable than Edward himself because of their longer and complex and sensational livesIn 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 ueen' 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 beueath of the crown to Protestant half sister Elizabeth in the absence of offspring The latter's subseuent eponymous golden age again hold's poor Edward's place back in the Tudor shadows forever outshone by his mighty father and legendary siblingsNot everyone's favourite reign to read on this is important history to understand contextually Chris Skid has my greatest respect for taking on projects his popular contemporaries veer away from to stay safely within the established bounds of popular readingThis like Skid's other above mentioned book is well researched written and documented I'd like to see of his clever biographical ideas materialise


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