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Lady Jane Grey: London Leaders

A relocation to London isn’t just about finding a job in London or a London apartment rental—it’s about understanding the history and culture of your international relocation’s point of destination. Welcome back, then, to another installment of our Weekend Warrior Sunday series that seeks to give you bite-sized bits of British history in following the sequence of Britain’s monarchy.

Last week, we saw the short reign of King Edward VI, only son of Henry VIII. Declaring his two sisters (Mary and Elizabeth) illegitimate, Edward VI had agreed to pass his throne on to Lady Jane Grey, which is where we will pick up today.

Edward VI: London Leaders

Last week I finished a 3-part series on King Henry VIII. Today, we’ll meet his only son and male heir, Edward VI.

As we learned a couple weeks ago, Edward VI is born to Jane Seymour, one of the wives Henry VIII actually seems to care for. Sadly, she does not survive her son’s birth, but she does bring her husband great happiness in finally delivering a male heir to carry on the House of Tudor’s royal line. Edward is only nine years old when he becomes King of England in 1547, and he is rather sickly in body though strong in mind and faith.