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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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Doubtful Marriage

Doubtful Marriage

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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.

Keywords:   John de Vere, Margery Golding, marriage, Dorothy Fosser, Joan Jockey, bigamy

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