This transcribed, encoded, and edited edition of Edward II has been made available by The Folger’s Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama. It follows the 1594 edition first printed by Robert Robinson for William Jones. Return to Edward II Return to Works
Here one may link to a digitized edition of Richard Jones’s 1605 publication of Tamburlaine the Great, Part 1 written by Christopher Marlowe and edited by Alexander Dyce. Jones took the two parts of Tamburlaine the Great and printed them together, omitting gestures.
This edition of Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great, The Second Part was edited and modernized by Alexander Dyce in 1850. It was later transcribed and published on Project Gutenberg in 2008. Return to Tamburlaine the Great, Part Two Return to Works
This documentary edition of Tamburlaine The Great, Part 2 is from The Folger’s Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama. The play was first performed in 1587 by the Admiral’s Men in London and this edition follows the one published
This 1950 Everyman’s Library edition of The Second Part of Tamburlaine the Great was originally edited by Ernest Rhys. Stephanie Bear later prepared the edition for republication on the Renascence Editions website. This edition is fully downloadable and features modernized spelling. Return to Tamburlaine the Great, Part Two Return to Works
This transcribed Project Gutenberg edition of Edward II was first printed in London by Richard Bradocke in 1598. According to the ESTC, several copies remain in Britain and North America. Return to Edward II Return to Works
The Famous Tragedy of the Rich Jew of Malta was published in 1633 in London by I.B. for Nicholas Vavasour. The play was first performed in 1589 by Lord Strange’s Men. Click on the image below to link to Early Modern
This edition of The Jew of Malta is a Project Gutenberg transcription of Alexander Dyce’s 1850 edition of the play. It was first released online on July 26, 2008 and updated on January 15, 2013. Click on the image to link
Here one may link to the EEBO-TCP’s transcribed edition of Massacre at Paris written by Christopher Marlowe. The text has been generated from the microfilm facsimile versions of the play available through the Early English Books Online database that was printed by Widow Orwin for
Here one may link to Early Modern English Drama’s (Folger Shakespeare Library) edited edition of the 1590 Tamburlaine the Great, 1 written by Christopher Marlowe. This edition features original and modernized spelling versions as downloadable PDFs or XML. This text, originally printed by Richard Jones, has
Here one may link to the Internet Archive edition of Edward the Second. This edition was released in 1622. The website contains pictures of the original copy that can be flipped through. Copies are located in the Boston Public Library, and
This edition of The tragical history of Doctor Faustus is a facsimile of Israel Gollancz’s edition. It was published in 1897 by J.M. Dent. It attempts to blend the two versions of the quartos of 1604 and 1616. Return to Doctor Faustus
This is a modernized A text edition, transcribed by Risa Stephanie Bear in 2007. This edition is a representation of how the play was acted by the Earl of Nottingham’s servants. The original was printed by Valentine Simmes for Thomas Bushell in
This version edited by Reverend Alexander Dyce and published on November 3, 2009. It is an example of the A text, and was produced by Gary Young and David Widger. Dyce was a Scottish dramatic editor and literary historian who
The bar fight was really a bar fight. One theory that explains Christopher Marlowe’s death is the bar fight theory. This theory says that Marlowe was killed on May 30th 1593 at the age of 29. He had spent the
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
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
One of the most popular theories surrounding Marlowe’s life is that he was employed as a spy under the supervision of Sir Francis Walsingham. Although Marlowe was employed by Sir Francis Walsingham in some way and had connections with many
The night of Marlowe’s death Marlowe was accompanied by three men: Ingram Frizer, Nicholas Skeres and Robert Poley. All men, including Marlowe himself, were working under a man by the name of Sir Francis Walsingham (Biography.com). Simple research states that
One of the most common conspiracy theories surrounding Christopher Marlowe’s life is whether he and William Shakespeare were the same person. Many believe that Marlowe had faked his death and continued to write under the alias “William Shakespeare.” Some believe
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Kit Marlowe: Disproving Conspiracy Theories Welcome to our Anti-Conspiracy Page! We have compiled primary sources and scholarly journals to counter common conspiracy theories around the life of Christopher Marlowe. We will demonstrate how Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare were two
This tool allows one to search the Early English Books Online (EEBO) database for key words using both fuzzy searches and regular expressions.
This PDF is an excellent resource for learning about and experimenting with regular expression (aka “RegEx”) syntax queries. EEBO: Early English Books Online You’ll find a link to EEBO in the Databases section of the Library website. This resource is
This resource offers digitized images from works in the Thomas Pennant Barton collection of works by and about William Shakespeare.
This downloadable app facilitates corpus and concordance analyses.
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William Bradley (c. 1563-1589) was the son of William Bradley, Sr. and was raised on the corner of High Holborn and Gray’s Inn Lane. Bradley was frequently in trouble; his most famous fight involved Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Watson on
Thomas Drury (1551-1603) was a government informant who accused Marlowe of atheism. Drury worked for Sir Nicholas Bacon as a government informant and messenger. Drury attended Caius College, but didn’t earn a degree. He was arrested in 1585 for no
Sir Walter Raleigh (1552/1554-1618) was a member of the landed gentry, who also served as a soldier and Captain of the Queen’s Guard. Known for popularizing tobacco in England, Raleigh was also a scholar, poet, musician, courtier, and explorer. He
Sir Thomas Walsingham (1561-1630) was an important landowner and literary patron. Ingram Frizer was employed by Walsingham, at Scadbury Manor before he killed Christopher Marlowe. Walsingham may have allowed Marlowe to live at one of the many houses he inherited.
Samuel Daniel (1562-1619) was an English poet, historian, and playwright. Daniel’s known associates included William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, and Sir Walter Raleigh. Born in 1562, he studied at Oxford University. He left after three years to study poetry and philosophy,
Thomas Nashe (1567-1600/1) was a satirical Elizabethan writer of poetry, pamphlets, and dramatic works. Nashe joined St. John’s College of Cambridge University at 14 and received his BA in 1588. Nashe’s career would take a turn when the established church
Richard Topcliffe served Queen Elizabeth as an interrogator in 1557 at the Tower of London and Bridewell Prison. Bridewell is presumed to be where Topcliffe interrogated Thomas Kyd. He was considered a merciless persecutor of Catholics. It is stated that “no blot
Thomas Watson (1555/1557-1592) was an English poet and author of The Hekatompathia, or Passionate Century of Love. Watson and Christopher Marlowe were arrested and incarcerated at Newgate Prison for the murder of William Bradley. Marlowe was released after two weeks,
Despite scarce information surrounding Richard Baines’ early life, he graduated from Cambridge University in 1576 and became an Elizabethan intelligencer. Given his profession, he most likely frequented the Tower of London and reported to Sir Francis Walsingham. Starting in 1579,
Robert Greene (1558-1592) was a popular English pamphleteer and dramatist. He was baptized in Norwich on July 11th, 1558. Greene matriculated as a sizar at St. John’s, Cambridge where he received his BA. Later, he received his MA at Clare
Philip Henslowe was the owner of a few prominent playhouses and a financial keeper for some of the best acting companies in England. He was born in 1550 in Linfield, Sussex, and died on January 6, 1616 in London. Henslowe
John Lyly (c. 1553/1554 – 1606) was an Elizabethan prose writer, dramatist, poet, and courtier. Lyly attended King’s School in Canterbury, and Magdalen College at Oxford, earning his BA and MA. The first play he ever published was the prose
Thomas Harriot (1560-1621) was an English scientist who made terrific advances in various branches of mathematics such as astronomy and navigation. He studied at Cambridge and is reputed to be the first person to look at an astronomical body through
Nicholas Skeres (March 1563 – c.1601) was a con-man and government informant. Skeres worked as a servant for Thomas Walsingham. He was a government provocateur and a part of discovering the Babington Plot, working as a spy with Francis Walsingham.
Ingram Frizer (1561-1627) is known for the murder of Christopher Marlowe, in an act done by the English Secret Service. Ingram Frizer was supposedly born in Kingsclere, Hampshire. Before Marlowe’s death, he was known as a dishonest businessman in real
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. As a Member of Parliament for Lyme Regis, Dorset, Walsingham worked with William Cecil and
George Carey, 2nd Baron Hunsdon (1547- Sept. 9, 1602) was the second cousin of Queen Elizabeth I, Lord Chamberlain of the Royal Household, and a patron of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men for Shakespeare. George Carey was the oldest son of
Edward “Ned” Alleyn (1566-1626) was an early modern London actor and founder of Dulwich College. He was known for his physical size and ability to handle commanding parts. Born in 1566, he was characterized as a “bred a Stage-player” and
Anthony Babington (1561-1586) was an English conspirator famous for being the leader of a plot to murder Queen Elizabeth, known afterwards as “The Babington Plot.” He was born October of 1561 and secretly raised a Roman Catholic. He went on
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