Engraving of Old Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London


When Marlowe, who perhaps had expressed his liking for Catholic ritual somewhat loudly, left without permission on the eve of his M. A., the authorities at Corpus might be pardoned for thinking that he must have gone to Rheims. If … Marlowe did leave Cambridge for Rheims, he can only have gone there as a spy on the Seminaris” (Gray 689). 

  • If Marlowe did leave school and went to Rheims, he was believed to be involved in secret agent affairs in Rheims.

“Mr. Eccles is indeed at his wariest in picking his way through the intricacies and traps of Elizabethan nomenclature. Besides the William Bradley killed by Watson, and his similarly named father, landlord of the Bishop’s Inn in Holborn, he gives particulars of seven other William Bradley’s. He mentions a Robert Poley, a William Yeomans and a Richard Baines all to be differentiated from their namesakes in the chronicle of Marlowe and his circle.” (Boas 567). 

  • Marlowe’s inner circle consisted of Robert Poley, William Yeomans, and Richard Baines who were all agents working for the Queen of England.  

” We now move forward two years. On Oct. 1st 1588, Christo- pher Marlowe, described as a gentleman, was summoned to appear personally at the next Sessions at Newgate ‘to answer all that is alleged against him on the part of our sovereign lady, the Queen.’ He procured two highly respectable citizens to go bail for him. Nothing further is heard about the case at this” (Gray 693).  

  • This court calling was very suspicious as Marlowe was brought to court to answer for charges that were alleged against him.
  • Even more surprising, Marlowe was bailed out by two highly known and respectable citizens and nothing else is heard or known about the case.

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