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Edward VI: The Boy King: At 9 years old, Edward VI ascended to the throne, surrounded by advisors and distanced from his beloved elder sister. By now, they were divided not just by power but also by faith: Mary was a staunch Catholic, Edward a reforming Protestant. Starkey retraces Edward's early years, examines the impact of his short reign, and speculates what might have happened if the highly intelligent boy had lived.