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Interpreting the Death of Edward VI (Hardback)

The Life and Mysterious Demise of the Last Tudor King

British History P&S History Tudors & Stuarts 16th Century Royal History

By Kyra Kramer
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 216
Illustrations: 20 mono
ISBN: 9781399092081
Published: 30th June 2022

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King Edward VI tends to be glossed over in the historical narrative of the Tudor dynasty. His achievements during his brief time on the throne are eclipsed by the tumultuous and fascinating reigns of his grandfather, father and two half-sisters.

This does a great disservice to the precocious and remarkable boy-king. Even with his early death, his effect on English history is undeniable - if he had lived, he would have almost certainly have been considered the greatest of the Tudor monarchs.

What killed this impressive young man before he could deepen his mark on history? Moreover, is that medical mystery connected to the premature deaths of the other Tudor male heirs?

Interpreting the Death of Edward VI is an exploration into the life, illness and unusually early death of Henry VIII's overshadowed son. The author uses her expertise in Tudor medical history to investigate and provide an in-depth analysis of the prevailing theories of what might have killed the otherwise healthy young Tudor before he reached adulthood.

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About Kyra Kramer


  • Kyra Cornelius Kramer is an American lucky enough to live in Wales with her husband, son, two daughters and three badly-behaved but well-lovedrescue dogs. She has had several academic works published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Historical Journal (Cambridge), Studies in Gothic Fiction, and the Journal of Popular Romance Studies, but she is best known for her nonfiction books, Blood Will Tell: A Medical Explanation for the Tyranny of Henry VIII and The Jezebel Effect. In addition, her articles appear in Tudor Life Magazine, and she has appeared in the British documentary A Tale of Two Sisters: Anne & Mary Boleyn and an episode of Mystic Britain. You can also read her blog at kyrackramer.com or follow @KyraKramer on Twitter.

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