- Important English family
- Father, Sir Henry Sidney: Governor General of Ireland (1556), and Lord President of Wales (1560-1586)
- Mother, Lady Mary Sidney: childhood friend of Elizabeth I.
- Uncles: Earls of Leichester and Warwick.
- Godfather: King Philip II of Spain.
He was first taught in his home, and later at
various grammar schools. Including Shrewsbury,
Oxford, and perhaps Cambridge, for three years
(1568-1571).The main things his education focused
on were the trivium: grammar; rhetoric, the means
by which man cultivated his reason to prepare his soul for heaven; and religion.
-After this he toured Europe for another three years (1572- 1575). During this time he learned more about many other topics such as: geography, politics, and languages.
He was a tutor of a few various people including Hubert Languet, a scholar and diplomat. He also became a very successful ambassador to Rome and the Palatinate. In 1580 his sister was to marry William of Orange, thus uniting the lower countries in Protestantism. But, Queen Elizabeth I denied it and Sidney fell into disfavor. For five years he was without a office and during this period he wrote some of his most stunning works. 1584 marked his return to a political office, he was appointed military governer of Flushing. He oversaw the arming of troops fighting against Spain and was very successful. But, on September 22, 1586 he died from battle wounds. Finally, on February 16, 1587 he was buried with high ceremony a St Paul's Cathedral in London.
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