Portrait of Edward, Prince of Wales, painted by Hans Holbein the Younger – circa 1539. Edward VI holds a golden rattle that resembles a scepter and the Latin inscription urges him to equal or surpass his father. This portrait of Edward VI, according to Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos, is primarily about the father, Henry VIII. - Come hear Dr. Klos speak on the Mini-Majesty: Dynasty and Succession in the Portraiture of Henry VIII and Edward VI, at the Anatomy Museum, King’s College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS, Friday 15th November 2013, 11.00-18.00 and Saturday 16th November 2013, 09.00-15.00.
King Edward VI: His Life and Character
The reign of King Edward VI in our histories is the reign of Somerset and the reign of Northumberland, not the reign of Edward, who is left in the background, quite overshadowed by less noteworthy personages. The result of my studies has been the conviction that the young King was by no means a cypher. He early began to use his great learning, to show his clear insight into affairs, and before the close of his life he was making his influence felt.
- Archbishop of Canterbury—Cranmer.
- Lord Chancellor—Wriothesley (made Earl of Southampton).
- Judges—Sir E. Montagu, Sir T. Bromley.
- Lord Privy Seal—Sir John Eussell, eventually made Earl of Bedford.
- Bishop of Durham—Tunstall.
- Witness of the Will—Sir E. Seymour, Earl of Hertford (made Duke of Somerset and Protector).
- President of the Council—Paulet Lord St. John of Basing (made Earl of Wiltshire, eventually Marquis of Winchester).
- Lord High Admiral—Viscount Lisle (made Earl of Warwick, eventually Duke of Northumberland).
- Master of the Horse—Sir Anthony Browne.
- Secretary of State—Sir William Paget (witness of the Will).
- Court of Augmentations—Sir Edward North.
- Chief Gentlemen of Henry's Privy Chamber—Sir Wm. Herbert (eventually made Earl of Pembroke), Sir A. Denny (witnesses of the Will).
- Treasurer of Calais—Sir E. Wotton.
- Dean of Canterbury—Dr. Wotton.
- Earl of Arundel—(No particular religion).
- Earl of Essex—Parr (made Marquis of Northampton) (no particular religion).
- Solicitor-General—Eichard Eich (made Baron Eich).
- Vice-Chancellor—Sir Anthony Wingfield.
- Household Treasurer—Sir Thomas Cheyney (made Loi-d Warden of the Cinque Ports).
- Controller—Sir John Gage.
- Secretary of State—Sir Wm. Petre (Papist).
- Chancellor of the Exchequer—Sir John Baker (also Speaker of the House of Commons).
- Ambassador in Scotland—Sir Ealph Sadleir (keen Protestant).
- Vice-Admiral—Sir Thomas Seymour (made Lord Seymour of Sudeley and Lord High Admiral, no particular religion).
- A tool of Henry VIII.—Sir Eichard Southwell.
- Master of the Mint—Sir Edmund Peckham (strong Papist).
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