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

Alan H. Nelson


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 Shakespeare. The work reconstructs Oxford's life, assesses his poetic works, and demonstrates the absurdity of attributing Shakespeare's works to him. This book seeks to measure the real Oxford against the myth. Presenting many documents written by Oxford himself, this book provides a unique insight into Elizabethan society and manners through the eyes of a man whose life was privately scandalous and richly ... More

Keywords: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, William Shakespeare, Elizabethan society, Elizabethan manners, scandal, poetic works

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780853236788
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313592


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Alan H. Nelson, author

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Part I Roots 1548–1562

Part II Youth 1562–1571

Part III Emancipation 1571–1574

Part IV Exploration 1574–1576

Part V Alienation 1576–1579

Part VI Intrigue 1579–1580

Part VII Sedition 1580–1581

Part VIII Release 1581–1585

Part IX Reiteration 1586–1591

Part X Renewal 1592–1595

Part XI Re-engagement 1595–1599

Part XII Decline 1600–1604

Part XIII Aftermath 1604–1613