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The Politics and Poetics of the Sidney Family

  • Authors
  • Elizabeth Mazzola

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: “A nobility never interrupted”

  3. Domestic Arrangements and Household Privileges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Elizabeth Mazzola
      Pages 13-27
    3. Elizabeth Mazzola
      Pages 29-53
  4. Compromising Positions and Rival Romances

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Elizabeth Mazzola
      Pages 75-92
  5. Epilogue

    1. Elizabeth Mazzola
      Pages 93-103
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 105-150

About this book


In this examination of Sir Philip Sidney, author of the famous romance, The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia , and his family, Elizabeth Mazzola argues that families are a form of poetic projects. The Sidney family, and members of the so-called 'Sidney circle' aimed to celebrate Sir Philip's life through literary tradition - they repeatedly turned to writing their own poetry as a vehicle to analyze or extend familial connections. Mazzola illustrates that Sidney's family, by celebrating the work of their brilliant loved one, actually demonstrated the unique attributes and transformation of the family in the early modern period.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-73188-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-09158-1
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