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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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Majority and Marriage

Majority and Marriage

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Monstrous Adversary
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This chapter focuses on events following Oxford's twenty–first birthday. When Oxford reached his majority on 12 April 1568, he became entitled to £ 666–13–4 and moveable properties, as specified in his father's will. However, on 1 July, Oxford received the Queen's demand for £3000 for his wardship and £4000 for ‘suing his livery’ — the formal recognition of a nobleman's majority which conferred the powers attaching to his title. Lacking ready cash, Oxford signed an obligation to pay double — £14,000 — if he should fail to pay the £7000 by some specified date. Since payment of the fine would not cancel the debt, Oxford now risked a total obligation of £21,000. Oxford's next move was to contract a marriage with Lord Burghley's daughter, Anne. The marriage occurred on 16 December 1571.

Keywords:   livery, Queen Elizabeth, twenty–first birthday, Anne, marriage

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