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King Edward VI
Written and researched by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewska, B.F.A.

Edward was the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, and was born October 12, 1537 in Hampton Court Palace. He ruled from January 28, 1547-July 6, 1553. He was crowned at Westminster Abbey on February 20, 1547 at 9 years, 3 months of age. His title, before he became king, was Duke of Cornwall.

Edward VI died on July 6, 1553; at Greenwich Palace (at age 15), and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

Edward's uncle, Edward Seymour, the duke of Somerset, was made "Protector of the Realm." Edward was Protestant and his uncle saw to it that all shrines and pictures of saints were destroyed. Young Edward founded a number of grammar schools, and a workhouse for the poor at Bridewell, and Christ's Hospital in London.

Edward named Lady Jane Grey as his successor. Edward's last year was a painful one. He, like his half-sister, Mary, had congenital syphilis from his father, Henry VIII, and his condition was complicated by consumption.

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