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Kingship and Politics in the Reign of Edward VI

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Overview

"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 unstable political faction. It shows how Edward was shaped and educated from the start for adult kingship, and how Edwardian politics evolved to accomodate 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, both conceptually (the notion of what it was to be a monarch) and practically (the importance in Elizabeth's reign of men who had already shaped Edwardian politics).
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"...a valuable, well-written and easy-to-read book, and one I highly recommend." Renaissance and Reformation

"...Alford's important book deepens our appreciation of how Edward VI's Reformation generated a new vision of English monarchy." Albion

"Alford is particularly impressive in his mastery of Edwardian literature and manuscripts ... Those who have already done much work in this field definitely need to consider Alford's conclusions." Anglican and Episcopal History

"Upper-division undergraduates and above." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521039710
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/27/2007
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and conventions
Introduction 1
1 Constructing the reign of Edward VI 5
2 King and kingship 32
3 The dynamics of power 1547-1549 65
4 Reforming the kingdom 100
5 An evolving polity 1549-1553 136
6 Beyond 1553: the Edwardian legacy 175
Bibliography 208
Index 225
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