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Edward VI by Chris Skidmore
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Jan 26, 11

bookshelves: history-tudor
Read from January 24 to 26, 2011

Such a well researched and impressive biography of Edward VI. Skidmore's work was published in 2007.
History is repeating itself in 1547, with the death of the old king leaving a prince too young to take the throne. The ghost's of the sons of Edward IV under the protectorship of Richard III are hovering in the background of the fate of the heir to the throne after the death of Henry VIII.
Here, the protectors are the two Dukes, Somerset and Northumberland with a tumult of factions and power struggles, conspiracy theories, assassinations and treachery. Here too is the tilt and sway of Protestant and Catholic Tudor power struggles.
Although only a six year reign spent under the dictate of a protectorate, this book paints a very fair portrait of a youthful monarch, who had he lived may well have become a great king of England. Was he sent to his maker by power hungry hands? Or did he contract tuberculosis? For all the clouds that lowered upon this house, to the deep bosom of the ocean buried.

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