- Mini Bio
- Name: Edward De Vere
- Born: 12th April 1550, Hedingham Castle, Essex, England
- Died: 24th June 1604, Kings Place, Hackney, London
- Resting place: Church of St John-at-Hackney cemetery
- Alma mater: Queens' College, Cambridge
- Occupation: Poet and playwright who held the office of Lord Great Chamberlain
- Infamous for: Being locked in the Tower of London for impregnating one of Queen Elizabeths maids of honour
- Title: 17th Earl of Oxford and Viscount Bulbeck
"A valiant mind no deadly danger fears"Edward de Vere
"I have been a suitor to her Majesty that she would give me leave to try my title to the forest at the law, but I found that so displeasing unto her"Edward de Vere
"For the special good favour I bear to Mr Frobusher, to offer unto you to be an adventurer therein for the sum of one thousand pounds or more"Edward de Vere
"The Howards were the most treacherous race under heaven, my Lord Howard was the worst villain that lived in this earth"Edward de Vere
"Lord Burghley wisheth me to make means to the Earl of Essex that he would forbear to deal for it, a thing I cannot do in honour"Edward de Vere
"What doth avail the tree unless it yield fruit unto another"Edward de Vere
"So I the pleasant grape have pulled from the vine; And yet I languish in great thirst, while others drink the wine"Edward de Vere
"I was browbeaten and had many bitter speeches given me"Edward de Vere
"For truth is truth though never so old, and time cannot make that false which was once true"Edward de Vere
"I find comfort in this air, but no fortune in the court"Edward de Vere
"I will not give pleasure to Frenchmen"Edward de Vere
"My mind to me a kingdom is"Edward de Vere
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Edward De Vere Biography
Edward De Vere led a colourful life after being born into the Earldom of Oxford, he was a gifted poet and playwright who was a courtier to queen Elizabeth.
He brought poetry and mirth to the royal court and was a much sought after patron to the arts for literary and musical works. Controversy shadowed De Vere and his ill temper kept him as more of a court jester than a governmental representative.
A major scandal of the time saw De Vere locked away in the Tower of London after mischievously impregnating one of the Queens maids of honour.
None of his plays have survived the test of time but his poetry and letters can still be read to get a flavour of what made this maverick talent of his time tick. There is a school of thought called the Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare which has since the 1920's proposed that De Vere was the original author of the plays and poems attributed to the playwright William Shakespeare, however most scholars of Shakespeare reject this theory.
As an accomplished wordsmith of his time he was always good for a quick witted one liner, so this is my compilation of 12 of the best Edward De Vere quotes
Quotes About Edward De Vere
The poet George Chapman wrote this ode in his honour:
"From whence his noblest family was derived; He was besides of spirit passing great. Valiant and learned, and liberal as the sun, Spoke and writ sweetly, or of learned subjects, Or of the discipline of public weals: And 'twas the Earl of Oxford"
The philosopher John Aubrey bestowed us this light hearted anecdote about Edward De Vere:
"This Earl of Oxford, making of his low obeisance to Queen Elizabeth, happened to let a Fart, at which he was so abashed and ashamed that he went to Travel for 7 years. On his return the Queen welcomed him home, and said, 'My Lord, I had forgot the Fart'"
The scholar Laurence Nowell who taught De Vere decided to leave his tutelage after only 8 months:
"I clearly see that my work for the Earl of Oxford cannot be much longer required"