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Richard Rich, Speaker of the House of Commons

Male 1497 - 1567  (70 years)


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  • Name Richard Rich 
    Suffix Speaker of the House of Commons 
    Born 1497  Basingstoke, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Jun 1567  Rochford, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 8 Jul 1567  Felsted, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I36201  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2021 

    Father John Rich,   b. of Penton Mewsey, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1509 
    Mother Agnes 
    Family ID F21287  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Jenkes,   d. Bef 18 Dec 1558, St. Bartholomew's, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Between 1535 and May 1536  [1
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Rich,   d. 17 Oct 1591
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F21286  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Betrayer of Thomas More, torturer of Anne Askew, entrapper of John Fisher, suppressor of monasteries, destroyer of the Priory of St. Bartholomew-the-Great, Richard Rich was, correctly, called by Hugh Trevor-Roper a man "of whom nobody has ever spoken a good word." Naturally, he died in bed, rich and comfortable, and his descendants enjoyed their lives as wealthy and powerful aristocrats for over 300 years.

      In the movie The Man for All Seasons, Rich perjures himself against Thomas More in order to become Attorney-General for Wales. More responds, "Why, Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world...but for Wales?"

  • Sources 
    1. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004-ongoing.