About Sir Philip Sidney

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Defense Of Poesy


11/30/1554 Sir Philip Sidney was born on November 30, 1554, at Penshurst, Kent

1564 He entered Shrewsbury School

1568 Furthered his education at Christ Church, Oxford

1571 he left Christ Church without taking a degree in order to complete his education by travelling the continent.

Approx 1571 During this time the places he visited were Paris, Frankfurt, Venice, and Vienna.

1575 Sidney returned to England

1577 he was sent as ambassador to the German Emperor and the Prince of Orange. Officialy he was there to condole the princes on the deaths of their fathers.

1580 he displeased the queen by opposing her projected marriage to the Duke of Anjou, Roman Catholic heir to the French throne, and was dismissed from court for a time

1585 he made a covert attempt to join Drake`s expedition to Cadiz

1585 The queen appointed Sidney the Governor Flushing (Vlissingen)

1586 Sidney, along with his younger brother Robert, took part in a skirmish against the Spanish at Zutphen, and was wounded of a musket shot that shattered his thigh-bone

1586 22 days after being wounded, sidney died of the unhealed wound at not yet thirty-two years of age

1591 Astrophel and Stella Published after his death

1595 The Defense of Poesie, or An Apology for Poetry published after his death




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