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Philip Sidney

a.k.a. Sir Philip Sidney

Author Code: EPSI

Born: Nov. 30, 1554 - Penshurst Place, Kent, England

Died: Oct. 17, 1586 - Arnhem, Netherlands

The son of Sir Henry Sidney and Lady Mary Dudley, Sidney was educated at Shrewsbury School and Christ Church, Oxford. He was elected to Parliament as MP for Shrewsbury in 1572. That same year he accompanied other court members to negotiate a marriage between Elizabeth I and the Duc D'Alencon. He remained in Europe and spent some years travelling before returning to England in 1575. In 1576, he wrote a lengthy letter to Elizabeth outlining why he thought she shouldn't marry the Duke of Anjou. Naturally, Elizabeth was not amused and Sidney left court. He then went through a productive writing period and became friends with many writers including Edmund Spenser and Edward Dyer. By 1581, Sidney was back in court and was knighted in 1583. That year he married Frances Walsingham. He became a member of Areopagus, the club formed for the purpose of naturalizing the classical meter in English verse. He became the governor of Flushing in the Netherlands in 1584. He led a successful attack on Axel in 1586 and in the battle of Zuphen later that year, he received a fatal wound in the thigh and died after gangrene had set in. Sidney was extremely influential to poets of his day and later. Most of his works appeared posthumously including The Lady of May (1579),The Defense of Poesie (Apology for Poetry) (1582), The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia (1590), Astrophel and Stella (1591) and The Sidney Psalms (1599).

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EPSI003 Astrophel and Stella 1591 51 312k eBook Download PDF - 'Astrophel and Stella' (EPSI003)   Download ePub - 'Astrophel and Stella' (EPSI003) Find a printed copy of Astrophel and Stella by Philip Sidney at AbeBooks
EPSI004 The Defense of Poesy 1582 24 336k eBook Download PDF - 'The Defense of Poesy' (EPSI004)   Download ePub - 'The Defense of Poesy' (EPSI004) Find a printed copy of The Defense of Poesy by Philip Sidney at AbeBooks
EPSI002 The Lady of May [Play] 1579 9 247k eBook Download PDF - 'The Lady of May [Play]' (EPSI002)   Download ePub - 'The Lady of May [Play]' (EPSI002) Find a printed copy of The Lady of May [Play] by Philip Sidney at AbeBooks
EPSI001 Valour Anatomized, In a Fancy 1581 3 221k eBook Download PDF - 'Valour Anatomized, In a Fancy' (EPSI001)   Download ePub - 'Valour Anatomized, In a Fancy' (EPSI001) Find a printed copy of Valour Anatomized, In a Fancy by Philip Sidney at AbeBooks

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