Marlovian Theory “Marlovians” are those who believe that Christopher Marlowe faked his own death. They argue that Marlowe needed a way to escape going to trial for being an atheist, or a double agent, or some other reason and therefore


Spooky Skull Marlowe

Political Conspiracy Theories Some say Marlowe was killed because he refused to testify against Sir Walter Raleigh. Crown agents wanted to convict Raleigh for being an atheist. Ingram Frizer and Robert Poley may have been asked to persuade Marlowe to

Marlowe, Christopher

Dido, Queen of Carthage Marlowe, Christopher and Thomas Nashe. The Tragedie of Dido Queene of Carthage. Edited by Meaghan Brown, Michael Poston, and Elizabeth Williamson.  A Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama, Folger Shakespeare Library, emed.folger.edu. Marlowe, Christopher and Thomas Nashe. The Tragedie of Dido Queene of Carthage. Folger Shakespeare Library, LUNA: Folger

“Christopher Marlowe”

“Christopher Marlowe.” Encyclopedia of World Biography: Biography in Context. Gale, 1998. Gale in Context, go.gale.com.  – The British Library, 17 May 2020, www.bl.uk/people/christopher-marlowe. – “What (Little) We Know.” PBS: Frontline, Public Broadcasting Service, 17 May 2020, www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/muchado/fine/bios.html. – Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 26 June

Knutson, Roslyn

Knutson, Roslyn. “Marlowe, Company Ownership, and the Role of Edward II.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England: An Annual Gathering of Research, Criticism and Reviews, vol. 18, 2005, JSTOR, jstor.org/stable/24322602. — “Henry Chettle, Workaday Playwright.” Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England, vol. 30, Jan. 2017, pp.

Genkins, Daniel

 “‘To Seek New Worlds, For Gold, For Praise, For Glory’: El Dorado And Empire In Sixteenth-Century Guiana.” Latin Americanist, 58.89-104, Academic Search Complete, www.web.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?sid=3cdeb86a-b601-4ed5-b5ec-47e15545102a%40sessionmgr4006&vid=0&hid=4206&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=95615780&db=a9h. Accessed 7 Feb. 2017. 

Bradley, William

William Bradley William Bradley (cerca 1563-1589) was well known for being a thug who had several vicious encounters.   William Bradley spent most of his time in London around Hog Lane, which was also the place of his death. Bradley’s father’s name was William Bradley Sr, and raised Bradley on the

Daniel, Samuel

Samuel Daniel  Samuel Daniel (1562-1619) was an English poet, historian, and playwright. Daniel‘s known associates were Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, and Walter Raleigh. Born in 1562, he studied at Oxford University, leaving after three years to study poetry and philosophy, and became a servant of the English ambassador of France. The Countess of Pembroke, Mary Sidney, first taught him

Lyly, John

John Lyly (c. 1553/1554 Kent, England – November 1606 London, England) was an Elizabethan prose writer, dramatist, playwright, poet, and politician for Queen Elizabeth’s court.   John Lyly was an Elizabethan prose writer, dramatist, playwright, poet, and politician for Queen Elizabeth’s

Skeres, Nicholas

Nicholas Skeres Nicholas Skeres (March 1563 – c.1601), was a con-man and government informant. Nicholas Skeres came from a wealthy family, as his father was a member of The Guild of Merchant Taylors. He worked as a servant for Thomas Walsingham.  He was a government provocateur and a part

Topcliffe, Richard

Richard Topcliffe (1531-1604) was an interrogator at the Tower of London. Born on November 14, 1531 in Londonshire, Topcliffe lost both his parents by age 12. Later, he was orphaned by his uncle. According to records, Topcliffe served Queen Elizabeth in 1557 at the Tower of London or Bridewell Prison (Bindoff).  Bridewell is presumed where Topcliffe interrogated Kit Marlowe’s roommate, Thomas Kyd. While

Kyd, Thomas

Thomas Kyd (1558-1594) was an influential Elizabethan playwright whose most famous plays include The Spanish Tragedy and The Tragedy of Soliman and Perseda. His parents were Anna and Francis Kyd; he was baptized at Saint Mary Woolnoth church in London on November 6, 1558. His father was a member of London’s Company of

Walsingham, Francis

Francis Walsingham Francis Walsingham (1532-1590) was Queen Elizabeth I’s principal secretary and spymaster.   He attended King’s College in Cambridge and continued his studies in France and Italy before returning to study at Gray’s Inn1 in London. As a Member of Parliament for Lyme Regis, Walsingham worked with William Cecil, Lord Burghley and spied on suspicious foreigners in London. Many suspect Christopher Marlowe also worked with Walsingham as an intelligencer.  Between

Walsingham, Sir Thomas

Sir Thomas Walsingham Sir Thomas Walsingham (1561-1630) was an important landowner, and financed Thomas Watson, Thomas Nash and Christopher Marlowe as their literary patron.  Ingram Frizer was employed by Walsingham, at Scadbury Manor, in a business venture that advanced money to needy heirs against their own inheritance, before he killed Christopher Marlowe. Walsingham may have allowed Marlowe live at one of the many houses he

Baines, Richard

Richard Baines Richard Baines, much like Kit Marlowe, was an Elizabethan intelligencer. Despite scarce information surrounding Baines’ early life, he graduated from Cambridge University in 1576 and became an Elizabethan intelligencer. Based on his known profession, he most likely frequented the