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Edward De Vere Quotes


Edward De VereEdward 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 and kept him as more of a court jester than a governmental representative. A major scandal of the time saw him locked away in the Tower of London after mischieviously 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. Here are six of my favourite Edward De Vere quotes, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did researching them.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Edward De Vere
  • Born: 12th April 1550, Hedingham Castle, Essex, England
  • Died: 24th June 1604, Kings Place, Hackney
  • Occupation: Poet and playwright who held the office of Lord Great Chamberlain
  • Famous 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

"My Lord Howard was the worst villain that lived in this earth"

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

"For truth is truth though never so old, and time cannot make that false which was once true"

Edward de Vere

"My mind to me a kingdom is"

Edward de Vere

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