Edward de Vere

Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, was married to William Cecil’s daughter Anne, an arranged marriage to elevate Cecil’s family into the nobility.

Each of their three daughters in turn married into the peerage; one daughter married the Earl of Derby (also a candidate), and another married Philip Herbert, the Earl of Montgomery...

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