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, therefore he staged a bar fight that resulted in his supposed death.  Continuations of this theory offer two different possibilities. One is that Marlowe continued writing under a new identity  – specifically, Shakespeare’s. The other is that Marlowe went into hiding, but kept writing with Shakespeare. Some argue that recent proof of Marlowe’s hand in selected Shakespearean plays, specifically Henry VI parts I, II, and III, supports both theories. But the dates of composition for these plays are before Marlowe’s death. Although it’s fun to think about Shakespeare having alternate, Marlovian, identities, we do not believe that Shakespeare was “really” Marlowe, or vice versa.  

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