Who did King Edward VI originally name as his successor?
Edward VI was crowned on the 20th of February 1547 at the age of nine, following the death of his father. The son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, he was the third monarch of the Tudor dynasty and England's first monarch raised as a Protestant. He fell ill and was found to be suffering from tuberculosis in February of 1553, at the age of 15. Attempting to prevent the country's return to Catholicism, Edward named his first cousin once removed, Lady Jane Grey, as his heir and excluded his half-sisters, Mary and Elizabeth. Upon his death, Lady Jane Grey, was proclaimed queen, but Mary assembled a force in East Anglia and deposed Jane, who was ultimately beheaded. Her reign as queen only lasted 13 days.