How much influence did Edward have in government?

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SHP p.186-194Catriona Ashley Miller
How much influence did Edward have
in government?
What was Edward like and how well was he prepared for kingship?
His upbringing
As Henry's first child, inevitably going to be given protected/cosseted upbringing.
Until age 6, cared for by nurse. Mother Jane Seymour died shortly after birth and Anne of Cleves /
Catherine Howard had little to do with him, but Catherine Parr offered maternal affection. Henry saw
Edward infrequently and H's ministers supervised E's tutors.
8 men always present for protection, and 1 at night. Never allowed to risk danger e.g. jousting. Great
care taken over health/cleanliness/food.
His character
Cold family relations, lofty status and stiff training would have made E stiff/aloof.
Naturally studious, intelligent and devout, but also enjoyed hunting/archery/riding.
Serious and self-disciplined.
Cold ­ rarely mentions family in his chronicle. Distrustful and sometimes vindictive. Only warmth
displayed was to aristocratic friends Barnaby Fitzpatrick (later became E's whipping boy).
NOT a weak/sickly child ­ myth resulting from early death. Feb 1553 struck down by chest infection;
developed into fatal septicaemia.
His education
Principal teachers were Richard Coxe and Sir John Cheke ­ both prominent humanists and Coxe was
Protestant. Exclusive palace school with 14 high-born boys estab to keep E company.
E devoted to studies (Roman and Greek classics, scriptures, history/geography, foreign languages).
Coxe was progressive teacher ­ believed learning should be enjoyed not beaten in. Groomed as
gentleman in good manners, horsemanship, fencing and hunting. AS future K had lessons in
statesmanship and govt. Also gained knowledge of nobility and main gentry, incl. their religious
Historical interpretation
Elton: `easily swayed by cunning men, he exercised little influence'
WK Jordan (E's biographer) presents E as sickly child destined not to make it to adulthood.
Foxe celebrated his brief role in establishing Protestantism in Eng.

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Loach has attempted to estab. More balanced assessment.
Edward's ideas
Produced memo recommending reorganisation of PCo and limiting its functions.
Wrote about economic problems esp. inflation.
Diary reveals E's great interest in H-V wars.
Wrote about need to promote good preaching and disciplining of clergy, particularly bishops.…read more

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John Dudley made EoWarwick Feb 1547 then DoNorthumberland 11th Oct 1551. 21st Feb 1550
appointed Lord President of Council, ruled until Mary's succession.
Edward and the Government, 1547-49
Somerset ignored H8's intentions of regency council and had Council make him Lord Protector. Very
strict with E ­ reduced no. servants in household and kept E under close eye of Sir Michael Stanhope
(S's brother in law). Somerset ruled using dry stamp and proclamations, and based at Somerset
House not court.…read more

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SHP p.186-194Catriona Ashley Miller
to have given E opportunity to decisively increase his involvement. The potential for the reign of the
adult Edward was great indeed.
Key points
E was highly intelligent / serious-minded / hard-working person
Showed few emotions, didn't form close relationships
More like H7 than H8 in temperament, aptitudes and approach to govt.
Received very effective education/training for Kship
Chronicle/political writings show him as well informed and had detailed understanding of full
range of govt.…read more


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