Empson and his colleague and neighbour Edmund Dudley were the first victims of Henry VIII's ruthlessness. Empson came from Towcester, took a legal training, represented Northamptonshire in the Parliament of 1491, and was elected Speaker. In 1504 he was knighted and appointed chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster. His zeal in collecting taxes on behalf of Henry VII made him extremely unpopular. On the second day of Henry VIII's reign he was arrested on a trumped‐up charge of treason. He was executed with Dudley on Tower Hill.
Subjects: British History.