Few families have contributed as much to English history and literature-indeed, to the arts generally-as the Sidney family. This two-volume Ashgate Research Companion assesses the current state of scholarship on family members and their impact, as historical and literary figures, in the period 1500-1700. Volume 1: Lives, begins with an overview of the Sidneys and politics, providing some links to court events, entertainments, literature, and patronage. The volume gives biographies to prominent high-profile Sidney women and men, as well as sections assessing the influence of the family in the areas of the English court, international politics, patronage, religion, public entertainment, the visual arts, and music. The focus of the second volume is the literary contributions of Sir Philip Sidney; Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke; Lady Mary Wroth; Robert Sidney, Earl of Leicester; and William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke.
'The Ashgate Research Companion to The Sidneys not only brings the reader up-to-date with current scholarship about the principal members of this talented family, but offers as well new analysis of what is known, new insights into their lives and works, and suggestions for further study. This is an invaluable compendium of current understanding about all major aspects of Sidney research.' Steven W. May, Emory University, USA
Contents: Preface. Part I Overview: Family networks: The Sidneys, Dudleys, and Herberts, Michael G. Brennan. Part II Biographies: Sir Henry Sidney (1529-1586), Valerie McGowan-Doyle; Mary Dudley Sidney (c. 1531-1586) and her siblings, Carole Levin and Catherine Medici; Philip Sidney (1554-1586), Alan Stewart; Mary Sidney Herbert (1561-1621), Countess of Pembroke, Margaret P. Hannay; Those Essex girls: the lives and letters of Lettice Knollys, Penelope Rich, Dorothy Perrott Percy, and Frances Walsingham, Grace Ioppolo; The life of Robert Sidney (1563-1626), first Earl of Leicester, Robert Shephard; Barbara Gamage Sidney (c. 1562-1621), Countess of Leicester, Elizabeth Sidney Manners (1585-1612), Countess of Rutland, and Lady Mary Sidney Wroth (1587-1651), Margaret P. Hannay; Robert Sidney (1595-1677), second Earl of Leicester, Germaine Warkentin; A triptych of Dorothy Percy Sidney (1598-1659), Countess of Leicester, Lucy Percy Hay (1599-1660), Countess of Carlisle, and Dorothy Sidney Spencer (1617-1684), Countess of Sunderland, Nadine Akkerman; Algernon Sidney’s life and works (1623-1683), Jonathan Scott; Henry Sidney (1641-1704), Earl of Romney, and Robert Spencer (1641-1702), second Earl of Sunderland, Michael G. Brennan. Part III The Sidneys in Ireland and Wales: The Sidneys in Ireland, Thomas Herron; The Sidneys and Wales, Willy Maley and Philip Schwyzer. Part IV The Sidneys and the Continent: The Sidneys and the continent: the Tudor period, Roger Kuin; The Sidneys and the continent: the Stuart period, Michael G. Brennan. Part V The Sidneys and the Arts: The Sidneys and public entertainments, Arthur F. Kinney; The Sidneys and literary patronage, Lisa Celovsky; Penshurst Place and Leicester House, Susie West; The Sidneys and the visual arts, Elizabeth Goldring; The Sidneys and music, Katherine R. Larson. Index.