My European Faces: Mary Sidney, Countess Pembroke, playwright, British, European


British poet & playwright Mary Sidney knew how to influence politics through art

Beautiful, talented and unconvential Mary Sidney was counted as the first influential British female poet and playwright. By 1600, she was listed together with her brother Philip Sidney and William Shakespeare as notable authors of her time. Admired by her fellow writers — poet Samuel Daniels wrote more than 30 Sonnets dedicated to her — Lady Sidney was deeply influenced by Continental writers and sought to bring European literary forms to England. She was British and European.


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3 Comments

    1. Hello Melinda, I am so glad that you like my Countess Pembroke. I think she was an amazing woman, and I wanted to make her especially pretty 🙂 Thanks so much for featuring her on your blog, I really appreciate it. Kind regards, Arstyr

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