Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich, in full Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich of Leighs, powerful minister to England's King Henry VIII and Lord Chancellor during most of the reign of King Edward VI.
Although he participated in the major events of his time, Rich was more a civil servant than a politician; by shifting his allegiances he continually came out on the winning side in political and religious struggles. Rich was trained in law and in 1533 became solicitor general.
He was involved in the treason trials of Sir Thomas More and Bishop John Fisher in 1535, and it was specifically his testimony against More that led to More's conviction. He died at Rochford in Essex, on 12 June 1567, and was buried in Felsted church.
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