||Edward de Vere was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.|
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Edward de Vere was the only son of his father, John de Vere, 16th Earl of Oxford, and John's second wife, Margery Golding. He was styled Viscount Bulbeck, raised in the Protestant reformed faith and reared up in a surrogate home, as many other children of nobility were also. John died 3 Aug 1562, leaving Edward to become the 17th Earl of Oxford at the age of 12.
After his father's death, Edward became a ward of Queen Elizabeth and was sent to live in the household of her principal advisor, Sir William Cecil. Edward went on to marry Sir William's daughter Anne with whom he had five children, though he was estranged from her for five years because he refused to acknowledged their first child as his own.
Edward was quite a character. He was a champion jouster, a court favorite for a time and the first to compose love poetry at the Elizabethan court. He was a highly sought-after patron of the arts, much praised for his generous patronage of literary, religious, musical, and medical works as well as performing animals, musicians, tumblers and acrobats.
However, Edward's reckless temperament prevented him from attaining any governmental responsibility. In the early 1580s, Edward fell out of favor with Queen Elizabeth and after impregnating one of her maids of honor Anne Vavasour he was exiled from the court. Though he later reconciled with the Queen, any hopes for advancement were lost. He died in 1604, having lost all of his estate.
Since the 1920s Edward de Vere has been the most popular alternative candidate suggested for the actual authorship of Shakespeare's works.
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