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Edward VI, 1547-1553

Edward was born in 1537. His mother, Jane Seymour died whilst giving birth to him. At an early age he was betrothed to Mary, Queen of Scots but the Scots changed their minds and married her to the Dauphin of France.

Edward was a devout Protestant, and allowed his mother's brothers to reach high offices of State, later changing his mind to allow John Dudley, the Duke of Northumberland, who married his son Guildford to Edward's cousin, Jane Grey and tried to persuade Edward to make her his heir. This nomination of Lady Jane Grey was designed to ensure a Protestant was ruler, and to further the power-seeking needs of the Duke of Nothumberland.

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