Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford
Historical Figure
Nationality: England
Date of Birth: 1550
Date of Death: 1604
Cause of Death: Unknown
Occupation: Nobleman, Soldier, Author
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): 1632
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550–1604) was an Elizabethan courtier, playwright, lyric poet, sportsman, soldier, and patron of the arts. He was a ward of the Queen Elizabeth after his father died. His patronage of the arts was so widespread and consistant that over 20 books were dedicated to him. In the 1920s, de Vere was suggested as the possible "true" author of the works attributed to William Shakespeare, although most scholars do not agree.

Edward de Vere in 1632Edit

In 1631, Dr. Balthazar Abrabanel revealed that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford was indeed the author of the great works of William Shakespeare. The Earl of Oxford had opted to credit Shakespeare so as to avoid his creditors; and Abrabanel stated that the Earl also owed him for his medical expenses.

Abrabanel found the fact that de Vere had been forgotten to be poetic justice.