Sir Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Sir Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Male 1550 - 1604  (54 years)

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  • Name Edward de Vere 
    Title Sir 
    Suffix 17th Earl of Oxford 
    Born 12 Apr 1550  Castle Hedingham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Lord Great Chamberlain  [1
    Died 24 Jun 1604  Kings Place, Hackney, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried St. Augustine Church, Hackney, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I43480  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2015 

    Father John de Vere,   b. 0___ 1516, (Castle Hedingham, Essex, England) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1562  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Mother Margery Golding,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1568, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1 Aug 1548  Belchamp St Paul, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Family ID F15781  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Apr 1550 - Castle Hedingham, Essex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Jun 1604 - Kings Place, Hackney, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St. Augustine Church, Hackney, London, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, unknown artist after lost original, 1575, National Portrait Gallery, London
    Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, unknown artist after lost original, 1575, National Portrait Gallery, London
    Since the 1920s he has been the most popular alternative candidate proposed for the authorship of Shakespeare's works.

    7th Cousin to Fred Byars Hennessee (1950-1985)
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  • Notes 
    • Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (12 April 1550 24 June 1604), was an English peer and courtier of the Elizabethan era. Oxford was heir to the second oldest earldom in the kingdom, a court favourite for a time, a sought-after patron of the arts, and noted by his contemporaries as a lyric poet and court playwright, but his reckless and volatile temperament precluded him from attaining any courtly or governmental responsibility and contributed to the dissipation of his estate.[1]

      Since the 1920s he has been the most popular alternative candidate proposed for the authorship of Shakespeare's works.

      Oxford was the only son of John de Vere, 16th Earl of Oxford, and Margery Golding. After the death of his father in 1562, he became a ward of Queen Elizabeth and was sent to live in the household of her principal advisor, Sir William Cecil. He married Cecil's daughter, Anne, with whom he had five children.[2] Oxford was estranged from her for five years after he refused to acknowledge her first child as his.

      Oxford was a champion jouster and travelled widely throughout Italy and France. He was among the first to compose love poetry at the Elizabethan court,[3] and he was praised as a playwright, although none of his plays survives.[4] A stream of dedications praised Oxford for his generous patronage of literary, religious, musical, and medical works,[5] and he patronised both adult and boy acting companies,[6] as well as musicians, tumblers, acrobats and performing animals.[7]

      He fell out of favour with the Queen in the early 1580s and was exiled from court after impregnating one of her maids of honour, Anne Vavasour, which instigated violent street brawls between Oxford's retainers and her uncle's. Oxford was reconciled to the Queen in 1583, but all opportunities for advancement had been lost.

      In 1586 the Queen granted Oxford a 1,000 annuity to relieve his financial distress caused by his extravagance and selling off his income-producing lands for ready money. After his wife's death he married Elizabeth Trentham, one of the Queen's maids of honour, with whom he got an heir, Henry de Vere.

      He died in 1604, having lost the entirety of his inherited estates. [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S7407] "Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (12 April 1550 - 24 June 1604)" biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_de_.

    2. [S7408] "John de Vere, 16th Earl of Oxford (1516 - 3 August 1562)" bigraphy, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_de_Vere,_16th_Ea.