General Resources
The Long Gallery
- Sidney-Spenser Discussion List
- The CERES links page
- The Edmund Spenser Home Page

Philip Sidney
- Biography (by Roger Kuin)
- Bibliography
further bibliography at Sir Philip Sidney, On Line

- Astrophil and Stella
- A Defence of Poesie
- The Lady of May
- The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia - available to subscribers to Literature Online

The Countess of Pembroke
- Biography (by Margaret Hannay)
- Bibliography

- The Triumph of Death
- The Tragedie of Antonie
- 'A Dialogue between Two Shepherds'
- Other texts, including the Psalms are available from Literature Online

Robert Sidney
- Biography [not yet available]
- Bibliography

Mary Wroth [separate set of pages]
- Biography (by Nandini Das)
- Bibliography

- Pamphilia to Amphilanthus
- The Countess of Montgomery's Urania - available to subscribers to Literature Online


Many other relevant electronic texts are available from Renascence Editions.

Additional electronic texts are available from the following subscription-only sites; users in higher education institutions may find that their institution already subscribes:

Literature Online / US Site
Women Writers Online

The original printed editions are all available via Early English Books Online, providing your institution subscribes:

Early English Books Online

A substantial bibliography of Sidney criticism, with abstracts, is available at Sir Philip Sidney, On Line.

These pages aim to provide a hub for the online study of writers in the Sidney family. At few times in English literary history have so many members of one family achieved so much. Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586) is now rightly celebrated, as he was for much of the seventeenth century, as one of the key figures in the Elizabethan revival of English letters, both as patron and as one of the most talented and original practitioners of that golden age. His sister Mary, Countess of Pembroke (1561-1621) was a major poet and patron in her own right. Although it is only recently that she has benefited from substantial critical attention, her status and importance were unquestioned in her own day. Their younger brother Sir Robert Sidney has only recently emerged as a gifted minor poet his poems were identified in his own autograph manuscript copy in 1973. The writings of his daughter Lady Mary Wroth include a massive and intricate prose romance and a brilliant sonnet sequence.

The Sidneys were active at the English court, travelled in Europe, and shared a politically alert international outlook. They were interested in new developments at home and on the Continent in literature, the visual arts, and music. All of these interests are woven through their writings. The historical, philosophical, and literary works they read accorded always with the most forward-looking tastes, and in many cases they helped to shape the reading habits of those around them. As patrons they encouraged all the major composers, artists, and writers of their day, by example and often by personal friendship. Each one of these remarkable writers deserves separate consideration. Their writings and careers have, of course, many points of contact which make comparative study equally rewarding. 

These pages are under construction and will continue to develop. We will provide a biography and bibliography for each writer, electronic texts or links to texts, and a roundup of links to other sites of interest. As time passes, visual and acoustic interest will be added.

a note on copyright


These pages are maintained by Gavin Alexander and were last updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2002

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