Kingship and Politics in the Reign of Edward VI

Kingship and Politics in the Reign of Edward VI

by Stephen Alford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521039711

ISBN-13: 9780521039710

Pub. Date: 08/27/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"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…  See more details below

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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521039710
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/27/2007
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,334,845
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and conventions
Introduction1
1Constructing the reign of Edward VI5
2King and kingship32
3The dynamics of power 1547-154965
4Reforming the kingdom100
5An evolving polity 1549-1553136
6Beyond 1553: the Edwardian legacy175
Bibliography208
Index225

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