Kingship and Politics in the Reign of Edward VI

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This book is a reconstruction of the kingship and politics of the third Tudor king of England, Edward VI (born 1537), who reigned between 1547 (from the age of nine) until his death in 1553. The reign has often been interpreted as a period of political instability, mainly because of the king's age. This book explores how the reign was remarkably stable; and also how, during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603) the Edwardian idea of what it was to be a monarch--and many of the same men who had served Edward VI as councillors and courtiers--dominated Tudor 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: 9780521660556
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2015
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,509,507
  • Lexile: 1690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

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