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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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Oxford vs. Sidney

Oxford vs. Sidney

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37 Oxford vs. Sidney
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Monstrous Adversary
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0038

This chapter details Oxford's quarrel with Sir Philip Sidney. From 17 to 27 August 1579 Elizabeth entertained Alençon and his French ‘Commissioners’, having arrived without the contemplated exchange of hostages. While Oxford seems to have been sympathetic to a possible marriage, the determined opposition of Sidney and his uncle Leicester may have triggered an incident between Oxford and Sidney known to history as the ‘tennis–court quarrel’.

Keywords:   hostage exchange, French Commissioners, Philip Sidney, tennis–court quarrel, Leicester

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