Edward VI (1537-1553)
I was going through British Royal History this morning, and ended up reading (well, Wikipedia-ing) the Tudor I knew next to nothing about - The Boy King, Edward. Ascending to the throne after the death of his father at just nine years old, he ruled England for six years until his tragic death at just fifteen (I'm fifteen now and to think of dying now, having so few experiences, is downright depressing).
Throughout his short reign, he was constantly being shoved down by one regent or another. In six years, he had to stare the probability of open Civil War more than once.
I was surprised to find, instead of a weak, utterly incompetent idiot of a child, a boy who was quite precoscious, brilliant even. Fluent in French as well as Latin, he on several occasions write entries in his journal in Greek, as most of his courtiers couldn't read it.
After a couple hours of intense Googling, I am left stilll knowing next to nothing. My questions are, does anyone else know anything about this kid? Information or anyone who has any interest in him would be appreciated. And does it seem fair that history has for the most part brushed over a truly interesting character?