Oxford's House in Venice

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Sir Henry Wotton reported in 1617, in reference to Edward de Vere, 17th earl of Oxford and father of the 18th earl:

when he arrived in Venice, [he] took no trouble to see the rest of the country, but stopped here, and even built himself a house.
Source: Logan Pearsall Smith (ed.), Life and Letters of Sir Henry Wotton, 2 vols. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1907), ii, 123 (note 3).

The idea that Oxford owned a house Venice is supported by the testimony of Orazio Cogno, who informed the Inquisition that he had joined Oxford at his house on 1 March 1576. One may wonder whether Virginia Padoana's gratitude toward Oxford may not have been based on the fact (from our point of view a hypothesis) that he left her ensconced in his house. If this was the case, then we can give an approximate location for Oxford's house by reference to Sir Stephen Powle's letter of 1587 (see under Virginia Padoana).

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