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Monstrous AdversaryThe Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford$
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Alan H. Nelson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236788

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313592

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Murder by Hire

Murder by Hire

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(p.174) 31 Murder by Hire
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Monstrous Adversary
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0032

This chapter details the murder of William Sankey in July 1577 and the conviction of William Weekes for the crime. Accounts from both Charles Arundel and Henry Howard claim that Weekes confessed both to ‘the Minister’ and to his wife that he was paid £100 by Oxford to kill Sankey. They also suggest that the real target of Oxford's animosity was Rowland York, and that Sankey had erred in attacking George Whitney instead of York at the Horse's Head in Cheap, nearly killing him.

Keywords:   Rowland York, William Sankey, William Weekes, Charles Arundel, Henry Howard

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