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Tudor Minute February 20, 1547: Edward VI is crowned

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for February 20.

Today in 1547 Henry VIII’s son Edward was crowned Edward VI. He was only nine years old, so the festivities must have seemed awe inspiring to him at the time. He was escorted along the processional route after his nobility, the council, and foreign diplomats, as well as his esquires and gentlemen.

His uncle, Edward Seymour, and John Dudley walked with him, enjoying the plays and pageants. They made great use of his mother Jane Seymour’s badge of a Phoenix, and also featured a lot of imagery showing the new Protestant religion that Edward would so support. Following the coronation ceremony there were two days of jousting and feasting before Edward had to get on with the business of running the country.  

That’s your Tudor Minute for today. Remember you can dive deeper into life in 16th century England through the Renaissance English History Podcast at englandcast.com.