Remembered as the Tudor dynasty's third ruler, King Edward VI presided over England and Ireland during a period of war and rebellion. He was instrumental in transforming the Church of England into a largely Protestant institution.
In his youth, he studied under scholar John Cheke and cleric Richard Cox.
He assumed the throne when he was just ten years old, but became ill and died before his sixteenth birthday.
On his deathbed, he ruled that his throne would be transferred to Lady Jane Grey (his cousin). After his death, however, his half-sister, Mary I of England (also known as "Bloody Mary"), quickly seized the throne from Lady Jane.