Edward VI, the only son of Henry VIII, became king at the age of nine and died wholly unexpectedly at the age of fifteen. This book gives full play to the murky, sinister nature of Edward's reign, and also an account of a boy learning to rule, learning to enjoy his growing power and to come out of the shadows of the great aristocrats around him.
Stephen Alford is the author of the bestselling
The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I which was a
Sunday Times and
Daily Telegraph Book of the Year. He is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leeds.