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  1. Penelope Rich, Lady Rich, later styled Penelope Blount ( née Devereux; January 1563 [1] – 7 July 1607) was an English court office holder. She served as lady-in-waiting to the English queen Anne of Denmark.

  2. Lady Penelope Rich, née Penelope Devereux, (born 1562?—died 1607), English noblewoman who was the “Stella” of Sir Philip Sidney’s love poems Astrophel and Stella (1591). She was the daughter of Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex.

  3. On James’s accession, Penelope became a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Anna and took her place at the heart of court life. It all came tumbling down when, divorced at last from Rich, she and Blount married, against a strict church prohibition. James, furious, banished her, and she died disgraced in 1607.

  4. Penelope Rich, Lady, 1562–1607, the "Stella" of Sir Philip Sidney 's Astrophel and Stella (1591). Daughter of Walter Devereux, first earl of Essex, she married (1581) Lord Rich (later earl of Warwick); after a divorce she married (1605) the earl of Devonshire. The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.

  5. However, Huntingdon arranged a marriage between Penelope and the wealthy Sir Robert Rich in November 1581. The marriage was a strategic alliance between the familys' wealth and court connections. The, now Lady Rich, was a reported beauty of Elizabeth’s court and became a muse for many poets. She had golden hair with dark, ensnaring eyes.

  6. Perhaps the marriage of Lady Essex with the earl of Leicester, which destroyed Sidney's prospects as his uncle's heir, had something to do with the breaking off of the proposed match with Penelope. Her relative and guardian, Henry Hastings, earl of Huntingdon, secured Burghley's assent in March 1581 for her marriage with Robert Rich, 3rd Baron Rich.