2-part series in which historian David Starkey examines the lives of Protestant Edward VI and his Catholic sister Mary. Part1: Edward VI: The Boy King. Written and presented by Dr David Starkey, this is the compelling story of two of England’s most striking monarchs: Edward VI and Queen Mary – a brother and sister, tied by blood and affection, and torn apart by religion, power and some of the bloodiest episodes in English history. When Edward was just nine, their father died and the young boy became king, but was surrounded by advisors and further distanced from his beloved elder sister. By now they were divided not just by power and status, but also by faith. Mary was a staunch Catholic, Edward a reforming Protestant. At this time such matters were not an issue of personal choice but matters of life or death, treason or heresy. In this first film, Edward VI: The Boy King, Starkey retraces Edward’s early years, examining his impact during his short reign and speculating what might have happened if the highly intelligent boy had lived. Edward VI (12 October 1537 — 6 July 1553) was the King of England and Ireland from 28 January 1547 until his death. He was crowned on 20 February at the age of nine. The son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, Edward was the third monarch of the Tudor dynasty and England’s first monarch who was raised as a Protestant. During Edward’s reign, the realm was governed by a Regency Council, because he never reached maturity. The Council was first led

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