On 20th February 1547, nine year old Edward VI was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.
Edward VI’s biographer, Chris Skidmore, writes of the traditional coronation ceremony, used since 1375, had been adapted for the boy King. Instead of twelve hours, it would be seven. Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, had also changed the coronation oath so that “reformation of the Church could now be enabled by royal prerogative, the king as lawmaker”. The changes were explained in a sermon by Cranmer, who also likened Edward to the Biblical Josiah, and then the young king was anointed and crowned with the St Edward’s crown, the imperial crown and a custom-made lighter crown. Edward then held the orb, the sceptre, St Edward’s staff and the spurs. He was King and the nobility now came before him, one by one, to kiss his left cheek.
The coronation ceremony was followed by a banquet in Westminster’s Great Hall, more feasting and entertainment at Whitehall, and then two days of jousting and feasting. Those Tudors knew how to celebrate!
Chris Skidmore writes of how “Edward was like no other king that had gone before him” because he had been born with the title of Defender of the Faith and was the first king “to be crowned with the powers that the royal supremacy brought with it; no king, before or since, was ever given such an unequivocal mandate for absolute rule.” How sad that Edward never got the chance to rule by himself. He died on the 6th July 1553 at the age of fifteen. #queenmary #marytudor #elizabethtudor #anneboleyn #henryviii #thetudors #bookstagram #bookshelf #booklover #thecrown #writersofinstagram #queenelizabeth #writerscommunity #tudorhistory #marytudor #sixwivesofhenryviii #wolfhall #bookshelf #reign #fictionbooks #fictionwriter #womensempowerment #femaleempowerment #ladymary #edwardvi #novel #novelist #novels #englishhistory #henrytudor