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Kingship and Politics in the Reign of Edward VI

  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521039710


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  • This book offers a reappraisal of the kingship and politics of the reign of Edward VI, the third Tudor king of England who reigned from the age of nine in 1547 until his death in 1553. The reign has often been interpreted as a period of political instability, mainly because of Edward's age, but this account challenges the view that the king's minority was a time of political faction. It shows how Edward was shaped and educated from the start for adult kingship, and how Edwardian politics evolved to accommodate a maturing and able young king. The book also explores the political values of the men around the king, and tries to reconstruct the relationships of family and association that bound together the governing elite in the king's Council, his court, and in the universities. It also assesses the impact of Edward's reign on Elizabethan politics.

    • A systematic exploration of the nature of the reign of Henry VIII's son and successor, King Edward VI
    • Revises and challenges conventional, and usually negative, interpretations of Edward's reign
    • Explores the impact of this 'middle Tudor' reign upon that of Elizabeth I (1558–1601)
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    '… essential reading … It is bold, even radical, in its determination not to be distracted by conventional narratives of politics, and it explains extremely well how previous narratives have been constructed and why they don't work. At the same time the book is sensitive to its competitors, and is skilfully positioned in the space between Diarmaid MacCulloch's Tudor Church Militant and Jennifer Loach's Edward VI.' John Guy, University of St Andrews

    'Dr Alford has given us some fascinating … insights into this period.' Contemporary Review

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    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521039710
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.373kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Abbreviations and conventions
    1. Constructing the reign of Edward VI
    2. King and kingship
    3. The dynamics of power, 1547–9
    4. Reforming the kingdom
    5. An evolving polity, 1549–53
    6. Beyond 1553: the Edwardian legacy

  • Author

    Stephen Alford, University of Leeds

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