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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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18 Murder
Monstrous Adversary
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This chapter focuses on the murder of George Saunders, a London merchant, on 25 March 1573. George Brown was hanged for the crime at Smithfield on 20 April. Mistress Saunders (the wife of George Saunders), Mistress Anne Drury, and Roger Simms (alias Roger Clement, alias Trusty Roger) were hanged as accessories on 13 May. Convicted of independent felonies, Brown's brother Anthony was later hanged at York. The murder of George Saunders recalls the more notorious murder of Arden of Feversham in 1551, reported in Holinshed's Chronicle (1577), then dramatized and published as a play in 1592. This fresh murder was reported by Oxford's servant Anthony Munday in A View of Sundry Examples. B1v–2v, and subsequently dramatized and published as A Warning for Fair Women (1599), as performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men — Shakespeare's company.

Keywords:   George Saunders, George Brown, murder, Mistress Saunders, Anne Drury, Roger Simms

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