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Edward VI (The English Monarchs Series) Paperback – 1 Feb 2002
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"A tour de force." -- Peter Newman Brooks, Expository Times
"Edward VI has to be valued as an early step on a challenging historical journey..." -- Stephen Alford, Times Literary Supplement
"Essential reading ... Loach draws on considerable unpublished research by other scholars and brings her own valuable insights to many issues." -- Choice
This new biography of Edward VI, the boy king who died at 15 after ruling England for only six years, reveals for the first time his significant personal impact on the history of his country. Jennifer Loach portrays Edward as healthy and vigorous (contrary to previous views), precocious, highly educated, and decisive, and she details the dramatic context in which he played out his reign.See all Product description
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If Edward had lived the Reformation would have taken a very different form, perhaps like that in Scandinavia. A precautious little boy I would not like to have enjoyed his company.
Interesting were the machinations of his uncles and their inevitable fate.
Jennifer Loach in her biography of Edward VI tries to establish for the first time his significant personal impact on the history of his country. He was the first real protestant king of England!! Mrs. Loach portrays Edward not as a constant sick boy-king of no will of his own, but as a healthy, vigorous, precocious, like all Tudor princes and princesses highly educated, and decisive. She puts a very different perspective to his personality and his reign which did not lack drama.
I like her style and the new look on Edward and his reign. She has a point of not dismissing him as a mere tool in the hands of ambious politicians. However, I feel she pushes it maybe a bit too far. I see more potential, a boy-king who starts to exercise his powers before the final illness caught up with him. He has definitely the "power gene" of the Tudor kings and queens. Where one would have ended up with him, is mere speculation. The extremely protestant streak - like in Lady Jane Grey, his chosen successor - is more worrying than encouraging. I am not sure that he would have the genius of his half-sister Elizabeth. I could easily seem him going down the route of his catholic half-sister Mary. Whatever you personally think of him and his reign, this book is worthwhile a read as it encourage you to re-think this period of the English history.
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