When Henry VIII died in 1547 at age fifty-five, the effect on England was monumental and forever changed the course of history for the western world. Lost in the cultural context, however, is the effect his death had on members of his inner circle, including his only “legitimate” heir, Edward VI.

Thanks to the British Library’s Online Gallery we now have the opportunity to see how the monarch’s death affected those closest to him, through the pages of Edward’s personal diary. Below is a page in his own writing detailing when he was told about his father’s death. Though he doesn’t share his personal feelings on the loss, he does describe some reactions by his father’s staff members – reactions that were likely meant to stay private.

Via: The British Library Online Gallery


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