• Born date: 1550-04-12
  • Born in: Essex
  • Death date: 1604-06-24
  • Death in: London Borough of Hackney
Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (12 April 1550 – 24 June 1604), was an English peer and courtier of the Elizabethan era. Oxford was heir to the second oldest earldom in the kingdom, a court favourite for a time, a sought-after patron of the arts, and noted by his contemporaries as a lyric poet and playwright, but his reckless and volatile temperament precluded him from attaining any courtly or governmental responsibility and contributed to the dissipation of his estate.

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