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Penshurst Place and The Sidney Family of Writers

Lancaster University via FutureLearn

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Learn how Lady Mary Wroth and the Sidney family shaped the English Renaissance

In the 16th century, Penshurst Place was the home to the Sidney family, renowned for their literary works in the age of Shakespeare. The family, including Lady Mary Wroth and her uncle Sir Philip Sidney, wrote poetry and prose that still appeal to audiences today.

On this course, you will be introduced to Penshurst Place, the Sidney family, and their famous works. You will learn how Lady Mary Wroth and Mary Sidney paved the way for female authors in Elizabethan England. You will also review Wroth’s drama ‘Love’s Victory’, which was reenacted and filmed at Penshurst Place in September 2018.

This course is for anyone with an interest in English Renaissance literature and the Sidney family. It would suit recent visitors to Penshurst Place looking to enhance their knowledge, people interested in women’s writing, and students studying Shakespeare and Marlowe.

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Alison Findlay

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