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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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This chapter focuses on Oxford's Italian journey. Although he had travelled to Padua, Genoa, Milan, and Siena between April 1575 and March 1576, Oxford devoted most of his Italian journey to Venice. Oxford's time in Venice has been described as ‘devoted to sexual adventure, at the cost of a besmirched reputation and a sexually transmitted disease’. Oxford's personal courtesan was Virginia Padoana, as revealed in a letter from Sir Stephen Powle to John Chamberlain, 21 September 1587, from Venice.

Keywords:   sexual adventure, reputation, sexually transmitted disease, Virginia Padoana, Italy, Venice

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