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Old 09-25-2015, 11:06 AM
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Would Edward have been able to marry Jane Grey, or did the church consider them too closely related? If Edward had married Jane and made her his co-ruler (and heir) before his death, would that have made her more acceptable as queen in her own right instead of Mary?
Before the Church of England was established, Edward would have needed Papal dispensation because he and Jane were too closely related otherwise. It was quite a common practice in those times. However, with ties to Rome severed, he would have only needed a blessing from the Archbishop of Canterbury, if that (after all, Edward was the head of the Church of England).

In regards to making Jane his co-ruler, he simply couldn't have done that. Such a change in the line of succession would have required an Act of Parliament. Even Henry VIII, who basically changed his heir(s) every other day, always did it though parliamentary acts (Acts of Succession). That includes the line of succession he established right before his death: Edward and his heirs -> Mary and her heirs -> Elizabeth and her heirs - > descendants of Mary, Queen of France (Henry's younger sister).

If, however, Edward actually went ahead and made the Parliament acknowledge Jane as his legitimate heiress, then yes, Jane would have very strong claims and probably the support of the army. This said, Mary still had the support of ordinary people, so more likely than not, she would still become the Queen. The only difference would have been the timing and/or a possible civil war.
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Today in 1547: Edward VI, Henry VIII's only son, is crowned at Westminster Abbey. He became King aged nine.
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To kidnap a king: the foiled plot to abduct Edward VI

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King Edward VI wrote his Devise for the Succession, stipulating that Lady Jane Grey rather than Princess Mary should inherit the throne. Would not any such change in the succession have to be approved by Parliament?
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I heard a rumour that the Duke of Northumberland in fact forged the King's signature on this document.
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King Edward VI wrote his Devise for the Succession, stipulating that Lady Jane Grey rather than Princess Mary should inherit the throne. Would not any such change in the succession have to be approved by Parliament?
Yes the legality was shaky at best. He basically issued letters patent, which didn't have the power in truth to over rule an order of parliament. Edward (or the duke of Northumberland who some suggest forged it) had the support of his privy counsel. But there were many in parliament who did not approve of the will of his father, and the act of parliament, ignored. It made it easier for Mary to come back and take the throne.

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The changes seem to have been made finally on his death bed. Led to the suggestion the Duke either forged them or he forced an ill king to sign. If they had been drawn up earlier, possibly the parliament would have passed it.
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How long did it take Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford to buy off other executors and secure letters from Edward VI to give him complete control over the privy council?
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Within less then 2 months.

When Henry died his will didn't name a protectorate, which was the usual way things were handled. He simply named a regency counsel. 13 of the 16 members of the counsel voted, 4 days after the king died, to name Edward as protectorate (the other members weren't present for the vote). Of course the suggestion was that he paid off the others to vote in his favor.

By March (Henry died in late January) he had secured the letters from Edward to appoint the privy counsel.
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