Sir Philip Sidney, poet, courtier and soldier, is fatally wounded
in the Netherlands at the attack on Zutphen, and dies on 17th
October. His conduct on the battlefield was to become famous as an
example of gentlemanly humility and selflessness: reaching out in
thirst for his water-bottle, he is said to have noticed another
though more lowly wounded soldier, and given it to him, with the
words thy necessity is yet greater than mine. His iconic status was
cemented after his death in Edmund Spenser's elegy, 'Astrophel'.
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Editors. "Sir Philip Sidney is fatally wounded". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
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