Biography of Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

Man of State, poet and English man of letters, born in 1554 and died in 1586. He/She concluded his studies at the age of seventeen years and made a tour of Europe, during which visited the most populous cities, met the most distinguished men, witnessed more major events (such as the massacre of St Bartholomew in Paris) and completed their knowledge with the study of military art, geometry and astronomy. He/She returned to his country at the age of twenty-one, and having obtained the confidence of Queen Elizabeth for its high qualities, he/she was appointed Ambassador near the emperor with the Mission of forming a coalition of all the Protestants against the Pope and Spain. Their negotiations were successful and he/she managed to put England in front of those who had adopted the reform. In 1579 it had enough courage to write a letter against the projected marriage of Elizabeth I with the Duke of Anjou; but this independence of character - that forgave him his sovereign - served of pretext their enemies to pursue him and slander him, and after a dispute that had with the Duke of Oxford, was forced to leave the Court, and removed to the bottom of a province, where was given over to the cultivation of the letters. Two years later, the County of Kent was elected by their representative in the House of Commons. The Poles wanted to electing him King, and you would have perhaps obtained the dignity of not having opposed to Queen Elizabeth that, telling him that he/she needed their services, not let you either leave in the company of the famous Drake to a trip to America. It is then sent him to Flanders as Governor of flushing and general of cavalry. He/She saved the English army at Gravelines, and he/she excelled at the battle of Zutfen, where he/she received a wound, whose result died in Arnheim. He/She left several literary works, which include a romance entitled Arcadia, a dissertation in defence of poetry, sonnets, songs, etc.