Portrait engraving King Edward VI of England 16th century - Stock Image

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This is a portrait engraving of King Edward VI of England (1537 - 1553). Crowned at the age of nine, he died aged 15, so England was ruled by a Regency Council. From: The History of England from the Earliest Period to the Present Time by David Hume and William Cooke Stafford, c. 1866, London Printing & Publishing Company Ltd.

Edward was of the Protestant faith, and when he fell ill the Regency Council drew up a list of successors, to exclude Edward's Catholic half-sisters Mary and Elizabeth. It made his cousin, Lady Jane Grey, the next in line, but she was Queen only for nine days.

(Top cartouche) Edward VI sitting at desk with robed figure behind

(Caption) Cranmer & Edward VI

(Bottom cartouche) Drawing room scene with four figures

(Caption) Price Edward and Princefs Elizabeth receiving the tidings of the Deafth of Henry VIII th

(Main caption) Edward VI

(The use of the long s in the middle caption, which looks like an f, shows that this engraving was done in around 1805 at the latest. The long s was in use from around the year 200 AD.)

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