Introduction: The Mysterious Choice of Edward VI
The Tudor Dynasty was renowned for its succession crises, which often resulted in bloody battles for the throne. However, when Edward VI, the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, ascended to the throne in 1547, he seemed to have a clear plan for his succession. Despite having two half-sisters, Mary and Elizabeth, Edward chose a distant relative, Lady Jane Grey, as his successor. This move left many historians and contemporaries puzzled, as Lady Jane Grey had no legitimate claim to the throne. In this article, we will explore the reasons behind Edward VI’s controversial choice and examine the life and legacy of Lady Jane Grey.
Edward VI’s Early Life and Education
Edward VI was born on October 12, 1537, to Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour. He was the only legitimate son of Henry, and therefore, his rightful heir. Edward’s mother, however, died just 12 days after giving birth to him, leaving him motherless at a young age. Despite this tragedy, Edward received a rigorous education, which included studies in languages, theology, and music. His tutors included some of the most prominent scholars of the time, such as John Cheke and Roger Ascham. Edward was also a devout Protestant, and his education focused on the principles of the Reformation. By the time he ascended to the throne at the age of nine, Edward was well-prepared to rule England.