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"This is Reformation history as it should be written, not least because it resembles its subject matter: learned, argumentative, and, even when mistaken, never dull."-Eamon Duffy, author of The Stripping of the Altars:Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580
Author Biography:Diarmaid MacCulloch is a Fellow of St. Cross College, Oxford, and Professor of the History of the...more
Published January 1st 1999 by Allen Lane
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Nov 02, 2013 Sarah Wagner rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This is less a biography of Edward VI than an academic study of the course of the English Reformation during Edward's six-year reign. Edward VI himself barely warrants a mention in this volume, as the momentum behind religious reform was managed almost entirely by the adults on his council, men such as Cranmer, Somerset and Northumberland. While an excellent look at the religious changes enacted in this period, MacCulloch excludes or hardly alludes to other significant events during Edward's rul ...more
If you are looking for a biography of Edward VI, keep on looking. This book focuses on the Edwardian government's role in the English Protestant Reformation. It is very interesting and useful for a student of the period but I feel the title is a little misleading. It certainly mislead me!
A good overview, though I found myself at times wishing for more narrative and less minutiae. MacCulloch's personal uneasiness toward the very evangelical/Reformed faction of the English Reformation made for some interesting dissonance in my mind. Merits more thinking.