Influence of King Edward VI (1547-1553) on English ecclesiastical history
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Edward VI presents a far more formidable and less pathetic figure than most historians have indicated. The role he played in the Protestant Reformation in England has been greatly underestimated. It was the purpose of this paper to examine and re-evaluate the influence of Edward VI on religious developments during his reign, 1547-1553. Research for this paper had indicated a substantial involvement by Edward in religious innovations. His role in the development of a new Protestant liturgy was significant. He provided for the introduction of the English language into church services. He authorized the publication of books attacking the papacy. His order for the establishment of a uniform order of service resulted in the famous Book of Common Prayer of 1549. Edward also engineered the settlement of the year-long vestment controversy. The second Book of Common Prayer, which established the new Protestant doctrine, reflected Edward's earlier recommendations and was personally revised by Edward six months after it had been authorized by parliament. Edward ordered the establishment of a new catechism, new canon laws, and uniform articles of religion. A new catechism and The Articles of Religion were published in the spring of 1553. A new book of canon law was drawn up, but Edward's death in July prevented its authorization.
Reformation -- England
Great Britain -- Church history -- 16th century
Edward -- VI, -- King of England, -- 1537-1553