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The Tudors – Edward VI and Mary I, 1547-58

2. Faction under Edward

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In this module, we think about the role of faction in Edward's court, focusing in particular on the position of Edward Seymour, his fractious relationship with John Dudley, Thomas Seymour's attempted coup d'état, and the efforts made by Dudley to secure his own position in the final year of Edward's reign.


In this course, Professor Sue Doran (University of Oxford) explores the reigns of Edward VI (1547-53) and Mary I (1553-58), a period which some historians have labelled the Mid-Tudor Crisis. We begin by thinking about the religious policies of Edward VI, focusing in particular on the nature of the changes and the key influencers on Edwardian policy in this period. After that, we think about faction in the reign of Edward, looking especially at the figure of Edward Seymour. In the third module, we consider the Succession Crisis of 1553 and the problems faced by Mary as a woman, before moving on in the fourth module to look more closely at her religious reforms, which were far more innovative, popular and progressive than Mary is often given credit for. In the fifth module, we think about how the religious changes of both Edward and Mary were felt in the parishes of England, before turning in the final module to think about the similarities and differences between the two major rebellions in the mid-Tudor period: Kett's Rebellion in 1549, and Wyatt's Rebellion in 1553.


Susan Doran is Professor of Early Modern British History at the University of Oxford. She has a substantial publishing record which reflects a particular interest in the religious and political history of the Tudors, especially Elizabeth I. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College and Director of Studies in History at Regent’s Park College.

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Doran, S. (2018, August 15). The Tudors – Edward VI and Mary I, 1547-58 - Faction under Edward [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Doran, Susan. "The Tudors – Edward VI and Mary I, 1547-58 – Faction under Edward." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,