Edward VI of England
Monarchy of Ireland
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from 28 January 1547 until his death. He was crowned on 20 February at the age of nine. The son of Henry VIII
Henry VIII of England
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and Jane Seymour
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, Edward was the third monarch of the Tudor dynasty
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and England's first monarch who was raised as a Protestant. During Edward's reign, the realm was governed by a Regency Council
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, because he never reached maturity. The Council was first led by his uncle Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset
Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset
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, (1547–1549), and then by John Dudley, 1st Earl of Warwick
John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland
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, from 1551 Duke of Northumberland
Duke of Northumberland
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Edward's reign was marked by economic problems and social unrest that, in 1549, erupted into riot and rebellion.
I say this with certain intention, I will see my laws strictly obeyed, and those who break them will be watched and denounced.
To his half-sister Mary I of England, who was ignoring his anti-Catholic laws.