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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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47 Denunciations
Monstrous Adversary
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This chapter considers the motivations behind Oxford's accusation of treason against his three erstwhile friends before Christmas 1580. Throwing himself on his knees before the Queen, he confessed to a pro–Catholic conspiracy over the past four years involving himself, Henry Howard, Charles Arundel, and Francis Southwell. He accused Howard of having reconciled to Rome through the offices of the mass–priest Stevens; and he confessed that he himself had spirited Stevens out of the country with the help of the French ambassador Mauvissière, to whom he appealed as a witness.

Keywords:   treason, Henry Howard, Charles Arundel, Francis Southwell

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