Exhilarating Early Moderns: Sidney
Phil Sidney, everyone. Poet, warrior, defender of the court.
He also had some ideas about privacy, as this excerpt indicates:
Which was answered thus:
But we have further evidence of this “overbearing temper”. The same archive which housed the lost Shakespeare plays “Thor” and “Lincoln” also contains a scrap of paper with this dialogue:
Enter Phillip Sidney in a foul mood.
Sidney: Fie if I am not in a foul mood!
Enter Fulke Greville, his friend.
Greville: Why, Phil, art not Master of Revels at the Queen’s court?
G: And what of your Accession Day Tilts? Was’t not a great spectacle?
S: Aye, sure, aye.
G: Why, then, Phil, what of thy Veronese portrait?
S: It is lost, friend Fulke. I cannot remember me to which estate I had it sent.
G: Why then, think thee upon thy French estates.
S: My barony, you mean? ‘Tis nothing to me, i’ faith.
G: Then think upon Ireland, and how it shall come to your hands.
S: I can think of nothing but the treachery of Mr Molyneux. ‘A is a villain. ‘A is a very villain.
G: But Phil, the man adores you. It is certain sure he will write thy epigraph.
S: Nay, but I shall write his first. (Hands him a letter.) See, I have promised it.
(Greville reads in growing astonishment)…