Philip was the son of Sir Henry Sidney, KG, and his wife, Mary Dudley. Philip's paternal grandparents were Sir William Sidney and his wife, Agnes. Sir William was a 1/5 coheir of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk.
Sir Henry died on 5 May 28 Elizabeth, and as his eldest son, Philip succeeded his father.
Philip made his will at Arneham in Lower Germany in September 28 Elizabeth, 1586, and died there on 17 October, 28 Elizabeth. An Inquisiton post mortem taken on 6 July 30 Elizabeth, found his heir was his daughter Elizabeth Sydney, ages 2 years 8 months and 18 days. His brother, Robert Sydney, was his next male heir and aged 23 and more.
Philip Sidney was one of the major English authors of the Elizabethan age. His main works were:
Arcadia, a long prose romance, which exists in two versions
A Defense of Poesie
Astrophel and Stella, the first of the major Elizabethan sequences of sonnets
↑ Entered by Lomond Handley, Saturday, November 30, 2013.