August 17 – Two royal advisors become scapegoats

| August 17, 2022

August 17 – Two royal advisors become scapegoats

On this day in Tudor history, 17th August 1510, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Sir Edmund Dudley and Sir Richard Empson were beheaded on Tower Hill as traitors. Empson and Dudley had served the king’s father, King Henry VII, as his chief administrators. They’d been loyal servants, so how had they come to […]

July 18 – Edmund Dudley, a scapegoat

| July 18, 2022

July 18 – Edmund Dudley, a scapegoat

On this day in Tudor history, 18th July 1509, just three months into the reign of King Henry VIII, Edmund Dudley was accused of being a “false traitor” and was convicted of treason. Dudley had been one of King Henry VII’s closest advisors, but, along with his colleague, Richard Empson, was used as a scapegoat […]