Henry VIII,the Reign
c.1450 – 17 August 1510
High Steward of the University of Cambridge
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Profile Richard Empson
Sir Richard Empson, minister of Henry VII, was a son of Peter Empson, trained as a lawyer. In 1491 he was a Knight of the Shire for Northamptonshire in Parliament, and Speaker of the House of Commons.
Richard Empson, born c.1450, was the son of Peter Empson and Elizabeth Joseph. His father held property at Towcester and Easton Neston in Northamptonshire.
Early in the reign of Henry VII was associated with Edmund Dudley in implementing King’s unpopular taxation policy.
He maintained royal favour and was knighted at the creation of the future Henry VIII as Prince of Wales on 18 February 1504 and then became High Steward of the University of Cambridge and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
His career ended however under the new government following Henry VII's death in April 1509.
Imprisoned he was charged, along with Dudley, with constructive treason, and convicted at Northampton in October 1509. He was attained by Parliament and he was beheaded on 17 August 1510.
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