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Sidney, Sir Philip
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(Nov 30, 1554, Penshurst, Kent – Oct 17, 1586, Zutphen, Holland), the most illustrious literary figure of the English High Renaissance: innovative poet, brilliant courtier, cosmopolitan diplomat. Queen Elizabeth I sent him to Rudolf II in imperial Prague and to the later head of the Protestant Union in Heidelberg in the Electoral Palatinate. In Italy he was influenced by Neoplatonism; he was in Paris during the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre; in London he engaged in philosophical …

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Meller, Horst, “Sidney, Sir Philip”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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