On this day in history, 12th October 1537, the eve of the feast of St Edward, Jane Seymour gave birth to the future King Edward VI. The third wife of Henry VIII had suffered a long and tiring 30-hour labour, but she had given the king what he'd wanted for so long: a legitimate son and heir.
Henry VIII died on 28th January 1547, making Edward King Edward VI of England at the age of just nine.
You can find out more about Edward with the following resources:
- Edward VI bio
- Tudor Society Edward VI e-book
- Edward VI primary sources
- Edward VI Books
- Archive of Edward VI articles
- Quiz - Edward VI's Regency Council
- 2 April 1552 – Edward VI falls ill
- Edward VI Quiz
- 20 February 1547 – The coronation of King Edward VI
- 19 February 1547 - King Edward VI's Coronation Procession
- Edward VI's coronation - Primary Source Accounts and Archbishop Cranmer's speech
- Did Edward VI really pluck and kill a falcon?
- King Edward VI Quiz
- Researching Edward VI
- The July 2016 edition of "Tudor Life" magazine was an Edward VI special edition - click here to read it.
- 21 June 1553 – Edward VI chooses Lady Jane Grey as his heir