Cultural depictions of Edward VI of England


Cultural depictions of Edward VI of England

Edward VI of England has been depicted in popular culture a number of times.

Literature

Edward VI is a central character in Mark Twain's novel The Prince and the Pauper, in which the young prince and a pauper boy named Tom Canty, who bears a strikingly uncanny resemblance to Edward, deliberately exchange places. This ultimately leads to the eventual alarm and discomfort of both. Ultimately, both are saved by a semi-impoverished nobleman named Sir Miles Hendon.

In the young adult novel "Timeless Love" by Judith O'Brien, the main character, Samantha, goes back in time and finds herself with Edward VI. Other historical characters in the book include Lady Jane Grey, the Duke of Northumberland, "Princess" Elizabeth I and Barnaby Fitzpatrick.

Green Darkness, by Anya Seton


Edward has been played on film by the following actors, mainly in versions of The Prince and the Pauper:

  • Marguerite Clark in The Prince and the Pauper (1915)
  • Tibi Lubinsky in the Austrian silent film Prinz und Bettelknabe (1920), a version of The Prince and the Pauper
  • Forbes Dawson in the British silent film Lady Jane Grey; Or, The Court of Intrigue (1923)
  • Desmond Tester in Tudor Rose (1936), about Lady Jane Grey
  • Billy and Bobby Mauch in The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
  • Mariya Barabanova in Prints i nishchiy (1943), a Russian adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper
  • Rex Thompson in Young Bess (1953), about the early life of Elizabeth I, and The Prince and the Pauper (1957)
  • Kenny Morse in The Adventures of the Prince and the Pauper (1969)
  • Mark Lester in Crossed Swords (1977), an adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper
  • Warren Saire in Lady Jane (1986), about Lady Jane Grey
  • Cole and Dylan Sprouse in A Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper (2007)

Television

Edward has been played on television by the following actors, again mainly in versions of The Prince and the Pauper:


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