The early Spenser, once he decided not to take holy orders, fully subscribed
to the early modern chivalric code as it was practiSed by Sir Henry and Sir
Philip Sidney. Little has previously been said about Sir Henry Sidney, but
Brink shows that he and Lady Mary were likely to have been in London at
Baynard’s Castle or Leicester House while Sir Henry attended Privy Council
meetings. Also, it remained a possibility that he would again be sent to
Ireland with Philip Sidney as his deputy until February 1600. The literary
evidence of contact between Spenser and the Sidneys consists principally of
commendatory poems, but in this chapter Brink shows that Lodowick Bryskett,
a close friend of Spenser’s in Ireland, was resident in London from 1579 to
1581. Earlier Bryskett accompanied Philip Sidney on his Grand Tour, and, as
Sir Henry’s protégé, held the position of Clerk of the Council in Ireland.
Bryskett, thus, was a connecting link for Spenser, the Sidneys, and Ireland.