This chapter examines Edward VI's accession to the throne in 1547 at the age of nine following the death of his father, Henry VIII. The weight of evangelical expectation resting on Edward's shoulders was made plain to him at his coronation on 20 February. A much quoted address on the occasion by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer — in which he hailed the young king as ‘a second Josiah’, the King of Judah who succeeded his father at the age of eight, and as a young adult destroyed altars and images erected to the worship of Baal — is a clever late-seventeenth-century forgery. The chapter discusses the changes and problems that marked Edward's reign, focusing on issues relating to royal visitation, the nature of the eucharist, liturgy and the introduction of a new Prayer Book, and the heresy of the anabaptists.
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