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Penshurst Castle In the Days of Sir Philip Sidney   By: (1830-1899)

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PENSHURST CASTLE

[Illustration: THE ENTRANCE TOWER, PENSHURST CASTLE.]

PENSHURST CASTLE

IN THE TIME OF

SIR PHILIP SIDNEY

BY

EMMA MARSHALL

Author of 'Under Salisbury Spire,' 'Winchester Meads,' etc.

'A right man like man, such as Nature, often erring, yet shows sometimes she fain would make.' Sir Philip Sidney.

LONDON

SEELEY AND CO. LIMITED

ESSEX STREET, STRAND

1894

PREFACE

For the incidents in the life of Sir Philip Sidney, who is the central figure in this story of 'the spacious times of great Elizabeth,' I am indebted to Mr H. R. Fox Bourne's interesting and exhaustive Memoir of this noble knight and Christian gentleman.

In his short life of thirty one years are crowded achievements as scholar, poet, statesman and soldier, which find perhaps few, if indeed any equal, in the records of history; a few only of these chosen from among many appear in the following pages. The characters of Mary Gifford and her sister, and the two brothers, Humphrey and George Ratcliffe, are wholly imaginary.

The books which have been consulted for the poetry of Sir Philip Sidney and the times in which he lived are Vol. I. of An English Garner; M. Jusserand's Roman du Temps de Shakespere, and a very interesting essay on Sir Philip Sidney and his works, published in Cambridge in 1858.

WOODSIDE, LEIGH WOODS, CLIFTON, October 5, 1893.

CONTENTS

BOOK I.

PAGE

I. THE SISTERS, 1

II. IN THE PARK, 17

III. A STRANGE MEETING, 35

IV. THE HAWK AND THE BIRD, 60

V. RESISTANCE, 82

VI. THREE FRIENDS, 101

VII. WHITSUNTIDE, 1581, 121

VIII. DEFEAT, 146

IX. ACROSS THE FORD, 171

BOOK II.

X. AT WILTON, 207

XI. LUMEN FAMILIÆ SUÆ, 223

XII. FIRE AND SWORD, 243

XIII. RESTORED, 258

XIV. WHAT RIGHT? 276

XV. THE PASSING OF PHILIP, 296

XVI. FOUR YEARS LATER 1590, 311

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

THE ENTRANCE TOWER, PENSHURST CASTLE, Frontispiece

PAGE

PENSHURST CHURCH AND CASTLE, 4

THE LYCH GATE, PENSHURST, 64

PENSHURST CASTLE, FROM THE PARK, 70

OLD HOUSES BY THE LYCH GATE, PENSHURST, 130

THE TILT YARD, WHITEHALL, 148

THE GREAT HALL, PENSHURST CASTLE, 224

THE BARON'S COURT, PENSHURST CASTLE, 288

BOOK I.

'What man is he that boasts of fleshly might, And vaine assurance of mortality; Which, all so soone as it doth come to fight Against spirituall foes, yields by and by: Or from the field most cowardly doth fly? No, let the man ascribe it to his skill, That thorough grace hath gained victory. If any strength we have, it is to ill; But all the good is God's, both power and will.'

The Faery Queene , Book I. Canto 10.

Penshurst Castle

CHAPTER I

THE SISTERS

'She was right faire and fresh as morning rose, But somewhat sad and solemne eke in sight, As if some pensive thought constrained her gentle spright.'

SPENSER.

1581. 'There is time yet ere sunset; let me, I pray you, go down to the lych gate with the wheaten cake for Goody Salter.'

'Nay, Lucy; methinks there are reasons for your desire to go down to the village weightier than the wheaten cake you would fain carry with you... Continue reading book >>




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