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The Boy King: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The boy king Edward VI, the only surviving son of Henry VIII and the last of the male Tudors, died while still a teenager, his plans for his country's future soon to be overturned by his Roman Catholic half-sister Mary. Yet his reign has a significance in English history out of all proportion to its brief six-year span. In this lavishly illustrated book, Diarmaid MacCulloc ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 10th 2001 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade (first published January 1st 1999)
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Sarah Wagner
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!
Nigel Ewan
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.
Simonetta Carr
Excellent overview of an important but neglected time in English history
Virginia Rounding
Clear, concise yet comprehensive.
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