The Professor's Fun Fact 11/22/18

Edward de Vere

A man named Edward de Vere was banned from British court for doing this. 

Breaking wind in front of the queen 

Edward de Vere was the 17th Earl of Oxford between 1550 and 1604. The Oxfords were very prominent in Queen Elizabeth I’s court; Ed was a pretty good poet and spent a lot of money supporting the arts. He’s also suspected as being the guy that wrote Shakespeare’s plays. 

However, he was also a vulgar, short-tempered man. Ed sold a lot of his land to pay for various things, including an illegitimate child with one of Elizabeth’s maids of honor. Unfortunately, during a visit with the Queen, Ed accidentally broke wind while he was bowing. It was the last straw; Ed was banished from court for two years. 

Eventually, he was allowed to come back; when the Queen welcomed him back, he reminded her of the incident. Queen Elizabeth said, “My Lord, I had forgotten about the fart.” Ed was never able to get back where he once was and died having lost every bit of his inheritance.

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