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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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London Wardship

London Wardship

8 London Wardship
Monstrous Adversary
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This chapter describes Edward de Vere's wardship. On 3 September 1562, the 16th Earl's servants rode the forty–odd miles to London to bring the heir to a new home. Like most children of the English upper classes before and since, Oxford had lived with surrogate parents from a young age, including Cambridge dons at eight, and Sir Thomas Smith at nine. Now, at twelve, he became a ward of Sir William Cecil, the Queen's Principal Secretary and Master of Wards, at Cecil House on the Strand. Oxford's wardship would last nine years, until 1571, when he would attain his majority.

Keywords:   Edward de Vere, London, Cecil House, wardship, William Cecil

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