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Please do not confuse or combine her with her aunt, Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke (1561-1621).

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Lady Mary Wroth, born a member of the famous Sidney family of England, was a daughter of Robert Sidney, Earl of Leicester and a poet and statesman, and his wife Barbara Gamage, a wealthy heiress. She spent much of her childhood at the homes of her aunt Mary Sidney Herbert in Kent and London, and was educated by tutors. She became a lady at the courts of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I and Queen Anne. In 1604, she was married to Sir Robert Wroth. She became known for her writing, including The Countesse of Montgomeries Urania (1621), and was among the first female English writers to achieve a lasting reputation. She was also known in her own day for her elegant performances in many elaborate court masques and other entertainments. After her husband died in 1614, she conducted a lengthy and scandalous affair with her cousin, William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke, which produced two children.
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Please do not confuse or combine her with her aunt, Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke (1561-1621).

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