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Excerpt from Church History of England, Vol. 2: From the Commencement of the Sixteenth Century to the Revolution in 1688, With Notes, Additions, and a ContinuationThe late kings last will was, in all appearance, inconsistent with such anMoreExcerpt from Church History of England, Vol. 2: From the Commencement of the Sixteenth Century to the Revolution in 1688, With Notes, Additions, and a ContinuationThe late kings last will was, in all appearance, inconsistent with such an undertaking. However, means was found out to overcome the difficulty, though with little credit to the contrivers. It is to be remembered, that king Henry VIII. was empowered, by act of parliament, to settle the succession, either by deed, or last will- and, accordingly, that power was executed by him, in his last will, whereby Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth were appointed to reign successively- and, in case of a failure of issue male in any of them, the crown was to devolve upon the house of Suffolk, with an exclusion of the Scottish line, which, notwithstanding, was the next in blood. Sixteen persons were nominated by the king to see his will performed, viz. Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury, Tunstal, bishop of Durham, Wriothesley, lord chancellor, lord St. John, lord Russell, the earl of Hertford, lord viscount Lisle, sir Anthony Brown, sir William Paget, sir Edward North, sir Edward Montague, justice Bromley, sir Anthony Denny, sir William Herbert, sir Edward Wotton, and Dr. Wotton, dean of Canterbury. It is confidently reported, by good authors, that Stephen Gardiner, bishop of Winchester, was also once named by the king, but craftily struck out of the list by Cranmers contrivance, whose projects, in favour of the reformation, could never have succeeded, had Gardiner been suffered to act- he being a politician of great experience, of a genius far superior to any of the rest, and, at the same time, well disposed to make up the breach with the see of Rome. Care was like wise taken to secure the young king to the party- and, that he might receive deep and early prejudices against the see of Rome, two persons, remarkably zealous for the reformation, were appointed to be his tutors, viz. Dr. Cox, and Mr. Cheek.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.