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Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Alan H. Nelson

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236788
eISBN:
9781846313592
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313592
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The Elizabethan Court poet Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, has, since 1920, lived a notorious second, wholly illegitimate life as the putative author of the poems and plays of William ... More


Who Wrote Shakespeare?

Donald Ostrowski (ed.)

in Who Wrote That?: Authorship Controversies from Moses to Sholokhov

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501749704
eISBN:
9781501749728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749704.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter concentrates on the Shakespeare authorship controversy. It examines the correlation between the literary persona that is the author of the Shakespearean corpus with the historical ... More


Progenitors

in Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236788
eISBN:
9781846313592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter sketches Edward de Vere's progenitors. Edward's mother, Margery, Countess of Oxford, was the daughter of Sir John Golding, of the tiny rural village of Belchamp St Paul's, Essex. The ... More


The Earl is Dead

in Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236788
eISBN:
9781846313592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter details events before and after the death of John de Vere, 16th Earl of Oxford. On 3 August 1562 John de Vere died, in his mid–forties, at Castle Hedingham (Peerage). Prior to this, on 1 ... More


Introduction

in Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236788
eISBN:
9781846313592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of why Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford remains an object of curiosity for cultural and literary historians. It then considers posthumous ... More


Infancy and Childhood

in Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236788
eISBN:
9781846313592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter describes Edward de Vere's infancy and childhood. Edward was born on Saturday 12 April 1550, probably at Castle Hedingham. Like Oxford heirs before and after, the child was styled Lord ... More


First Blood

in Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236788
eISBN:
9781846313592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter presents an account of the time Oxford killed a man. On Wednesday 23 July 1567, in the back yard of Cecil House, seventeen–year–old Oxford killed Thomas Brincknell, an undercook in the ... More


The Education of Lord Bolbec

in Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236788
eISBN:
9781846313592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter describes the education of Edward de Vere, Lord Bolbec. Lord Bolbec's tutor from the age of eight was Thomas Fowle, of St John's College, Cambridge, who had attained his BA in 1550, and ... More


Early Teens

in Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236788
eISBN:
9781846313592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter focuses events during Edward de Vere's early teen years. Long before his seventeenth birthday, which occurred on 12 April 1567, Oxford developed deeply rooted habits of self–importance ... More


Oxford's Literary Circle

in Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236788
eISBN:
9781846313592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0055
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter considers the possible existence of a literary ‘circle’ with Oxford as patron. This is based on Thomas Watson's publication of a collection of verse in 1582, which included a dedication ... More


London Wardship

in Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236788
eISBN:
9781846313592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter describes Edward de Vere's wardship. On 3 September 1562, the 16th Earl's servants rode the forty–odd miles to London to bring the heir to a new home. Like most children of the English ... More


Best Friends

in Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236788
eISBN:
9781846313592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter focuses on Oxford's best friends. These include Henry Howard, Oxford's elder by ten years, was born on 25 February 1540, the second son of Lady Frances Vere (Oxford's aunt) and of Henry ... More


Restless Youth

in Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236788
eISBN:
9781846313592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter details events that occurred after Oxford's eighteenth birthday on 12 April 1568. These include the death of Countess Margery on 2 December 1568, who was buried at Earls Colne, alongside ... More


Oxford's Letters

in Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236788
eISBN:
9781846313592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter describes Oxford's surviving correspondence. These can be roughly divided into five groups: personal letters 1563 to 1604, mostly to William and (later) Robert Cecil (44); draft ... More


Necromancer

in Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236788
eISBN:
9781846313592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter details Oxford's involvement in necromancy. Oxford's conjuring seems to have occurred either at the residence of Sir George Howard, Masters of the Armoury, or at the little house by the ... More


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