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Tudor fact file

Sir Richard Empson

Born ?
Died circa 1510
Son of Peter Empson of Towcester and Elizabeth Joseph

Notes (nb photo above is not a true likeness of Empson)

  • Empson was a tax collector for Henry VII.
  • He was knighted by Henry and was called Sir Richard Empson.
  • Tax collectors were very unpopular, Empson and Edmund Dudley were special ministers for Henry VII.
  • When Henry VIII came to the throne Empson and Dudley were both executed.

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