Henry    

WRIOTHESLEY

3rd Earl of Southampton (1573-1624)

A favourite of Elizabeth I, Henry Wriothesley had become earl and ward of the state two days before his eighth birthday. A lover of literature, he was Shakespeare's sole dedicatee and purported patron, making possible some of the greatest plays and poems ever penned.


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Henry Wriothesley, third earl of Southampton (1573-1624)
Entry by Park Honan 
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