Edward VI (Penguin Monarchs)

Edward VI (Penguin Monarchs) : The Last Boy King

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Edward VI, the only son of Henry VIII, became king at the age of nine and died wholly unexpectedly at the age of fifteen. All around him loomed powerful men who hoped to use the child to further their own ends, but who were also playing a long game - assuming that Edward would long outlive them and become as commanding a figure as his father had been.

Stephen Alford's wonderful book gives full play to the murky, sinister nature of Edward's reign, but is also a poignant account of a boy learning to rule, learning to enjoy his growing power and to come out of the shadows of the great aristocrats around him. England's last child monarch, Edward would have led his country in a quite different direction to the catastrophic one caused by his death.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 129 x 186 x 16mm | 195g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • Integrated black & white images from hb inset
  • 0141976918
  • 9780141976914
  • 207,757

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"Alford is an expert on all things Elizabethan, and his intimate knowledge of the queen's ministers and the period's political history guarantees the accuracy and thoroughness of this rip-roaring story. . . .A great spy novel--except that it's all true." --Kirkus Reviews on The Watchers
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About Stephen Alford

Stephen Alford is the author of the bestselling The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I which was a Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph Book of the Year. He is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leeds.
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