The Mock-Battle of Deptford (Edward VI)

Bust of Edward VI on site of Bridewell Palace

Bust of Edward VI on site of Bridewell Palace (photo by Bob Jones)

June 19th – On this day in 1549, the boy-King, Edward VI wrote in his journal:

“I went to Deptford, being bidden to supper by the lord Clinton … .   After … was there a fort made upon a great lighter on the Thames …, of which Mr. Winter was captain, with forty or fifty other soldiers … .  To the fort also appertained a galley … , …  for defence … .  Wherefore there came 4 pinnaces … , which … with clods, squibs, canes of fire, darts … and bombards, assaulted the castle; and at length … burst the outer walls of the castle, beating them of the castle into the second ward, who after issued out and drove away the pinnaces, sinking one of them, out of which all the men in it … leaped out, and swam in the Thames.  Then came th’ admiral of the navy and three pinnaces, and won the castle by assault, and burst the top of it down, and took  the captain … ”.

The boy-king Edward VI, as portrayed by Scrots (1551)

The boy-king Edward VI, as portrayed by Scrots (1551)

Edward receiving the blessing of his dying father, Henry VIII

Edward receiving the blessing of his dying father, Henry VIII (1547)

Edward's coronation procession (1547)

Edward’s coronation procession (1547)

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