The Tudor Society

18 July – Edmund Dudley, the “false traitor”

On this day in Tudor history, 18th July 1509, just three months into the reign of King Henry VIII, one of King Henry VII's chief advisors was accused of being a "false traitor" and convicted of treason.

The new king, the young Henry VIII, used Dudley and his colleague, Richard Empson, as scapegoats for his father's unpopular regime.

Find out more about the charges against Edmund Dudley in today's talk.

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