The Later Tudors, 1547–1603
Edward VI was nine years old when he assumed the throne. A precocious child, he was being brought up according to the newest educational theories by distinguished academic tutors, including the grammarian John Cheke and the Protestant theologian Richard Cox. Probably as part of his training, Edward kept a journal that nominally begins with his birth (actually he started writing it about the time of his accession) and runs almost to his death. This remains a primary source for the events of his reign.