When Henry VIII succeeded his father, Henry VII, in 1509, he sought to disassociate himself from his father's rigorous and extortionate taxation policies. Richard Empson and Edmund Dudley had been the chief administrators of this policy, and had become very unpopular as a result. Henry VIII had both men arrested and charged with 'constructive treason'. They were both attainted by Parliament, and both men were beheaded on Tower Hill on 17th August 1510.
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