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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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The Earl is Dead

The Earl is Dead

7 The Earl is Dead
Monstrous Adversary
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This chapter details events before and after the death of John de Vere, 16th Earl of Oxford. On 3 August 1562 John de Vere died, in his mid–forties, at Castle Hedingham (Peerage). Prior to this, on 1 July the Earl signed a marriage contract, called an indenture of covenants, between his twelve–year–old son, on the one part, and Elizabeth or Mary Hastings, younger sisters of Henry Hastings, Earl of Huntingdon, on the other part. The indenture provided that on his eighteenth birthday (which would fall on 12 April 1568) Edward should choose for wife whichever of the two Hastings sisters he might prefer at the time. The contents of the Earl's last will and testament are also discussed.

Keywords:   John de Vere, Edward de Vere, marriage contract, indenture of covenants, death, will

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