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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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Use not thy Birth for an Excuse

Use not thy Birth for an Excuse

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57 Use not thy Birth for an Excuse
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Monstrous Adversary
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0058

This chapter focuses on the position of official responsibility given to Oxford for the first time in his life: in late summer 1585 he was commissioned to travel to the Low Countries at the head of a company of horse. Oxford's company landed at Flushing on 27 August 1585. In October William Davison, the Queen's political agent in the Low Countries, wrote to Captain Henry Norris, concerned that the companies at Flushing were below strength. Davison's report also suggests that Oxford quit his post in a fit of pique. Perhaps he could not abide the thought of cooperating with Leicester, who outranked him, or with Sidney, his ancient rival.

Keywords:   Leicester, Sidney, company of horse, Low Countries, Flushing

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