What problems did Edward VI inherit when he became King?

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  • Factional Rivalry
    • 1543 - conservatives tried to persuade H that the Archbishop of Canterbury was guilty of heresy and promoting protestant ideas. H ignored these claims and remained loyal to Cranmer.
    • H married Catherine Parr in 1543 - as a protestant sympathizer, she was to increase the power and influence of the reformers at court. She was accused of heresy by conservatives in 1546 but H stood by her.
    • 1544 - Act of Succession secured Edward as the heir to the throne, followed by Mary, Elizabeth, and the Suffolk family, ruling out Catholic Mary Queen of Scots.
    • In the final years of H's life, the reform faction was dominant.
    • The reform dominated the Regency Council despite H's instructions for it to be balanced.

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