Monday, October 12, 2015

Happy Birthday, King Edward VI

I admire Lady Jane Grey for many reasons, as well as her predecessor, Edward VI.  In honor of his birthday (hers is uncertain), I will yearly add to this post about them.  

The English Reformation led by Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer thrived under Henry VIII and then Edward. Following Bloody Mary's seizure of the throne and execution of Lady Grey, that went into violent remission. 
But the tie of its ascent is remarkable and inspiring. Just regarding the personal lives of these two short lived monarchs is a lesson in human potential.

Of course, Edward VI couldn't be a perfect king.  George Grant writes: 

Almost all nursery rhymes were originally written to satirize certain political and cultural circumstances long ago in English history—making them anything but innocent nonsense poesy. So, for instance, “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” was probably written as a complaint against the hardships caused to the poor by the enclosures of land for sheep farming in the days of King Edward VI.   

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