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1550, Apr 121604, Jun 24
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 court playwright, but his reckless and volatile temperament precluded him from attaining any courtly or governmental responsibility and contributed to the dissipation of his estate. He was among the first to compose love poetry at the Elizabethan court, and he was praised as a playwright, although no plays traditionally attributed to him survive.
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