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Historians' Opinions ­ Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth
Edward VI

Somerset

"the good duke" (traditional view)
"failed to show the leadership necessary" N. Heard
"inherited an impossible diplomatic and military position" Turvey & Heard

Northumberland

"the evil duke" (traditional view)
"a genuine and able reformer" Lotherington
created "a restoration…

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Elizabeth I

Consolidation of her Rule

By 1571 "Elizabeth had overcome the uncertainties that had been present at the start
of her reign" Tillbrook

Government

"Elizabeth controlled her own policy more than any other Tudor" J. Guy
"For Elizabeth, parliamentarians were little boys ... always a waste of an intelligent…

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