As part of his plan to strengthen the monarchy, Henry VIII's father, Henry VII, imposed taxes and fees on the people - - essentially outright theft. This made him extremely unpopular. Two top members of his financial council, Dudley and Empson, were blamed by the populace for these actions. When Henry VIII ascended the throne, he had the two tried on flimsy charges, and they were publicly beheaded, in a bid by Henry to buy the favor of his new subjects with blood.
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