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Edmund Dudley

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Cumberland, England
Death: Died in London, Middlesex, England
Cause of death: Beheaded
Place of Burial: St. Peter ad Vincula, City of London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Sutton Dudley, VII and Elizabeth Dudley
Husband of Anne Corbet and Elizabeth Dudley, 6th Baroness Lisle
Father of Elizabeth Stourton; John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland; Simon Dudley; Sir Andrew Dudley, KG; Edmund Dudley and 2 others
Brother of John Sutton; Anna Hall; Elizabeth Ashburnham and Isabel Sutton

Occupation: Minister of Henry VII of England
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About Edmund Dudley

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Edmund Dudley (c. 1462 or 1471/1472 – 17 August 1510) was an English administrator and a financial agent of King Henry VII. He served as Speaker of the House of Commons and President of the King's Council. After the accession of Henry VIII, he was imprisoned in the Tower of London and executed the next year on a treason charge. While waiting for his execution he wrote The Tree of Commonwealth.

Edmund Dudley was the son of Sir John Dudley of Atherington and a grandson of John Sutton, 1st Baron Dudley. After studying at Oxford and at Gray's Inn, Dudley came under the notice of Henry VII, and is said to have been made a privy councillor at the early age of 23. In 1492 he helped to negotiate the Peace of Etaples with France and soon assisted the King in checking the lawlessness of the barons. He and his colleague Sir Richard Empson were prominent councillors of the Council Learned in the Law, a special tribunal of Henry VII's reign, which collected debts owed to the King, requested bonds as surety, and employed further financial instruments against high born and wealthy subjects. Henry VII took a strong interest in these procedures and closely supervised the accounts of the two men.[1]

Dudley was Speaker of the House of Commons in 1504. While collecting the King's money, Dudley amassed a great amount of wealth for himself, which resulted in estates in Sussex, Dorset and Lincolnshire. When Henry VII died in April 1509, Dudley was imprisoned and charged with the crime of constructive treason. Dudley's nominal crime was that during the last illness of Henry VII he had ordered his friends to assemble in arms in case the King died, but the real reason for his charge was his unpopularity stemming from his financial transactions. He was attainted and made preparations to escape from the Tower of London. He gave up his plan, though, when parliament did not confirm his attainder,[3] which led him to believe that he would be pardoned. Dudley and his colleague Empson were executed on 17 August 1510 on Tower Hill.

During his imprisonment Dudley sought to gain the favour of King Henry VIII by writing a treatise in support of absolute monarchy called The Tree of Commonwealth.[1] It may never have reached the King, however. Several manuscript editions survive, the earliest was possibly commissioned by Dudley's son John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, while the second oldest was made by John Stow in 1563 for Dudley's grandson, Robert Dudley.[1]

Sources

  • Gunn, S.J. (2010): "Dudley, Edmund (c.1462–1510)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edn. May 2010 (subscription required) Retrieved 2010-06-11
  • Loades, David (1996): John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland 1504–1553 Clarendon Press ISBN 0198201931
  • Löwe, J.A. (2008): "Sutton, Henry (d. 1564?)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edn. Jan 2008 (subscription required) Retrieved 2010-06-11

-------------------- Edmund Dudley From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sir Edmund Dudley (c. 1462 – 17 August 1510), minister of Henry VII of England, was a grandson of John Sutton, 1st Baron Dudley. After studying at Oxford and at Gray's Inn, Dudley came under the notice of Henry VII, and is said to have been made a privy councillor at the early age of twenty-three. In 1492 he helped to negotiate the Peace of Etaples with France and soon became prominent in assisting the king to check the lawlessness of the barons. He and his colleague Sir Richard Empson were prominent councillors of the Council Learned in the Law, a special tribunal of Henry VII's reign, where they collected debts owed to the king, etc. Dudley was speaker of the House of Commons in 1504. In addition to collecting money for Henry, Dudley amassed a great amount of wealth for himself, and possessed large estates in Sussex, Dorset and Lincolnshire. When Henry VII died in April 1509, Dudley was imprisoned and charged with the crime of constructive treason. Dudley's nominal crime was that during the last illness of Henry VII he had ordered his friends to assemble in arms in case the king died, but the real reason for his charge was doubtless his unpopularity stemming from his position in the Council Learned. He was attainted[1] and after having made a futile attempt to escape from prison, he was executed on the 17th or 18th of August 1510. During his imprisonment Dudley sought to gain the favour of King Henry VIII by writing a treatise in support of absolute monarchy called The Tree of Commonwealth. However, this may never have reached Henry VIII as it was not published until 1859, when it was printed privately in Manchester. [edit]Marriages and Issue

Edmund married Anne Windsor, sister of Andrews Windsor, 1st Baron Windsor, with whom he had one daughter: Elizabeth, married William Stourton, 7th Baron Stourton He married, around 1495, Elizabeth Grey (c. 1480-1525), daughter of Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Lisle, with whom he had five children: John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland (1501-22 August 1553) Sir Andrew Dudley (died c. 1559) Jerome Dudley Simon Dudley Elizabeth Dudley [edit]References

Francis Bacon, History of Henry VII, edited by Joseph Rawson Lumby (Cambridge, 1881) JS Brewer, The Reign of Henry VIII, edited by James Gairdner (London, 1884). This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain. ^ According to Hargrave's note in 1 State Trials no. 26, there was no act of attainder, but only an act to prevent the forfeiture of some property held by Empson and Dudley in trust.

-------------------- Edmund Dudley (c. 1462 – 17 August 1510), minister of Henry VII of England, was the son of Sir John Sutton Dudley of Atherington, nephew of Sir Edmund Sutton, and a grandson of John Sutton, 1st Baron Dudley.

After studying at Oxford and at Gray's Inn, Dudley came under the notice of Henry VII, and is said to have been made a privy councillor at the early age of twenty-three. In 1492 he helped to negotiate the Peace of Etaples with France and soon became prominent in assisting the king to check the lawlessness of the barons. He and his colleague Sir Richard Empson were prominent councillors of the Council Learned in the Law, a special tribunal of Henry VII's reign, where they collected debts owed to the king, etc.

Dudley was speaker of the House of Commons in 1504. In addition to collecting money for Henry, Dudley amassed a great amount of wealth for himself, and possessed large estates in Sussex, Dorset and Lincolnshire. When Henry VII died in April 1509, Dudley was imprisoned and charged with the crime of constructive treason. Dudley's nominal crime was that during the last illness of Henry VII he had ordered his friends to assemble in arms in case the king died, but the real reason for his charge was doubtless his unpopularity stemming from his position in the Council Learned. He was attainted and after having made a futile attempt to escape from prison, Dudley was executed on the 17th or 18th of August 1510.

During his imprisonment Dudley sought to gain the favour of King Henry VIII by writing a treatise in support of absolute monarchy called The Tree of Commonwealth. However, this may never have reached Henry VIII as it was not published until 1859, when it was printed privately in Manchester.

Edmund married Anne Windsor, sister of Andrew Windsor, 1st Baron Windsor, with whom he had one daughter:

Elizabeth, married William Stourton, 7th Baron Stourton

He married, around 1503, Elizabeth Grey (c. 1480–1525), daughter of Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Lisle, with whom he had three sons:

John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland (1504–22 August 1553)

Sir Andrew Dudley (d. 1559)

Jerome Dudley (d. 1555)

Elizabeth Dudley, sister of Sir Edmund Dudley, married Thomas Ashburnham of Sussex, ancestor of the Ashburnham Baronets of Broomham

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Edmund Dudley's Timeline

1462
1462
Cumberland, England
1488
1488
Age 26
Hatherington, Sussex, England
1500
1500
Age 38
1501
1501
Age 39
Northumberland, England
1505
1505
Age 43
1507
1507
Age 45
1510
August 17, 1510
Age 48
London, Middlesex, England
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