Edward VI of England
|King of England and Ireland|
|Edward VI, by William Scrots, c. 1550|
|Reign||28 January 1547 – 6 July 1553|
|Coronation||20 February 1547|
|Successor||Lady Jane Grey or Mary I|
|Regent||Lord Somerset (1547–1549)
Lord Northumberland (1549–1553)
|House||House of Tudor|
|Born||12 October 1537
Hampton Court Palace, near London
|Died||6 July 1553 (aged 15)
Palace of Placentia, Greenwich, near London
|Burial||9 August 1553
Henry VII Lady Chapel, Westminster Abbey
Edward VI of England (12 October 1537 – 6 July 1553) was King of England and Ireland, from 28 January 1547, until his death. He was the son of Henry VIII of England and Jane Seymour, mostly known as the good king, one of few, compared with his sisters who became queens after his death.
His mother (Jane Seymour) died 12 days after his birth. He became king at the age of 9 when his father, Henry VIII, after suffering for long time, died of his ailments. He was a young King, not very well known in history. He died when he was 15 and a half years old. His successor was his cousin, Lady Jane Grey.
When their father died, Edward's half-sister Elizabeth was 13 and his other half sister, Mary (later known as Bloody Mary) was 31. Despite being youngest, Edward was the heir because he was Henry VIII 's first son and at the time many people thought that men were better rulers.
In the fictional story The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, Edward VI is one of the main characters (the 'prince'). Zorro's Guy Williams played a leading role in movie version. Later on, Mickey Mouse & Pluto played leading roles in a cartoon version.