18 October 1587
Mary Sidney (later LMW) was born, most probably at Baynards Castle
, the London
base of her family.
LMW wrote her major work, Urania
, a prose romance with poems and sonnets, some interspersed but most printed in a block at the end.
A complimentary remark of Joshua Sylvester
about LMW implies that she was circulating her writings in manuscript by this date.
15 December 1621
LMW wrote to assure Buckingham
, the king
's favourite, that she meant no offence to the court by her book, yet offering to withdraw it.
31 May 1640
The Earl of Rutland, reading Urania
, wrote to ask LMW for a key to names of the characters, to increase his enjoyment.
1651 or 1653
LMW died in one of these two years.