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.
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