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Sir Philip Sydney

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Short Biography of the life of Sir Philip Sydney - Poet, Courtier and Diplomat
The following biography information provides basic facts about the life Sir Philip Sydney:

  • Nationality - English
  • Lifespan - 1554 - 1586
  • Family – Father was Henry Sidney, a courtier and his Godfather was Philip II of Spain

  • Education – Shrewsbury school and Christchurch college, Oxford
  • Career - Poet, Courtier and Diplomat
  • Famous Works of Sir Philip Sydney – Old Arcadia and the poem ‘Sleep’

Facts & History about the life of Sir Philip Sydney - Poet, Courtier and Diplomat
The following are additional facts about the life and history of Sir Philip Sydney:

  • Philip Sydney was born at Penshurst on 30 Nov 1554 the son of Sir Henry Sidney and Mary Dudley
  • He attended Oxford University
  • Philip Sydney came from a noble and wealthy family and had many influential friends
  • Travelled around Europe to complete his education
  • On August 24 1572 Sydney witnessed the St Bartholomew's Day massacre where French Protestants were massacred by French Catholics in Paris
  • In 1576 served as ceremonial cup bearer to Queen Elizabeth
  • He fought in Ireland
  • Undertook various diplomatic missions on behalf of Queen Elizabeth
  • Was a patron of the Arts. He was patron to the great Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser
  • Argued against the possible marriage of Elizabeth to the Catholic Henri, Duke of Anjou and argued with other courtiers - and temporarily retired from court
  • He wrote Arcadia at the house of his sister, Mary Sydney
  • Philip Sydney returned to court and the Queen's favour in 1583
  • He married wealthy Frances Walsingham who was the daughter of Sir Francis Walsingham
  • In 1586 he fought in the Netherlands with his uncle Robert Dudley and was fatally wounded
  • He died on 17 Oct 1586, Arnheim, Netherlands
  • The court went into mourning
  • Philip Sydney was buried in St Paul's Cathedral in London
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