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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 Dowager and the Heir

The Dowager and the Heir

85 The Dowager and the Heir
Monstrous Adversary
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This chapter describes the life of Henry and the Dowager Countess following Oxford's death in 1604. It details how Henry was very like his late father. By the age of eighteen, for instance, Henry had run up debts of over £1000. Henry so recklessly abused the King's game in 1610 and 1611 that he nearly forfeited his right to Havering Park. On his mother's death, Henry received little beyond the promise of her jewels in 1619 and her lands by 1632. At best his income was £200 from the exchequer and £300 from his uncle Francis Vere. Perhaps to escape his creditors, Henry spent the next six years abroad.

Keywords:   Henry de Vere, Dowager Countess Elizabeth, debt, Havering Park

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