by Pierre Woeiriot
hand-coloured engraving, 1547-1599
4 3/4 in. x 3 3/4 in. (121 mm x 96 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Events of 1547back to top
Current affairsDeath of King Henry VIII and the coronation of King Edward VI, aged nine. Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset is appointed Lord Protector.
Parliament repeals the Act of Six Articles of Religion, 1539. The English Reformation becomes more Protestant.
The Abolition of Chantries Acts (1545 and 1547) dissolve over 2,000 chapels which had held masses for the dead.
Art and scienceThe Book of Homilies is published to promote preaching in English.
Full-length portrait of King Edward VI is painted the Dutch artist William Scrots.
Somerset House is constructed in London for Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset.
InternationalThe Battle of Mühlberg - the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V defeats the Protestant Schmalkaldic League.
Death of Francis I of France and accession of Henri II.
Coronation of Ivan IV of Russia (the Terrible), the first ruler of Russia to assume the title Tsar.
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