This chapter focuses on the second marriage of John de Vere, the 16th Earl of Oxford to Margery Golding. The marriage was recorded in the parish register of St Andrew in the village of Belchamp St Paul's, Essex, under the year 1548. Despite the routine character of the entry, the legitimacy of the second marriage was questioned. The implied impediments were two: first, as the Earl had married Joan Jockey, his marriage to Margery Golding was bigamous; second, as the Earl was pre–contracted to Dorothy Fosser, his marriage to Margery Golding, which in any case lacked banns, was clandestine.
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