Born in either 1555 or 1556, Anne Hathaway, also recorded as Agnes, was the eldest of her eight siblings. She lived on a farm formerly known as Hewlands, but now is called Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Hewlands functioned as a sheep
Nikita Milivojević’s stage adaptation, translated from Serbian to English by Zoran Paunović, and part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival, was performed by the National Theatre in Association with Laza Kostic Fund, from Belgrade, Serbia. Starring Hadzi Nenad Maricic
Jane Howell’s (Screenplay, Class Act) adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part I, stars Peter Benson (Heartbeat) as the titular King Henry VI, Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice) as Joan La Pucelle, and Julia Foster (The Loneliness of the Long
Much has been going on behind-the-scenes at The Kit Marlowe Project this Fall, but we’re excited about the progress we’re making! Because I (Project Director) left Stonehill College in August to accept a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Framingham State
Why Kit Marlowe now? Christopher (aka Kit) Marlowe was born in 1564 and died dramatically in 1593. He was one of William Shakespeare’s most interesting contemporaries; they surely exchanged ideas around the playhouses and taverns. Marlowe was also close with
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
Flynn, Derek. “Christopher Marlowe: the Elizabethan James Bond.” Irish Times, 6 June, 2016, irishtimes.com.
“Christopher Marlowe killed in tavern brawl.” History.com, 2009. A&E Networks. history.com/this-day-in-history.
Conradt, Stacey. “The Mysterious Death of Christopher Marlowe.” Mental Floss, 2016, mentalfloss.com.
Honan, Park. “Who Killed Christopher Marlowe?” The Telegraph, 21 Oct 2005, telegraph.co.uk. Honan, Park. Christopher Marlowe: Poet & Spy. Oxford University Press, 2005.
Garrett, George. “Who Killed Christopher Marlowe?” New York Times, 16 September 1990. nytimes.com.
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.
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,
Loughnane, Rory. “Marlowe, Not Shakespeare – So What?” OUPblog, 4 Nov. 2016, blog.oup.com.
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,
Sawyer, Robert. “Biographical Aftershocks: Shakespeare and Marlowe in the Wake of 9/11.” Critical Survey, vol. 25, no. 1, 2013, pp. 19-32. JSTOR, jstor.org/stable/42751017. Sawyer, Robert. “Shakespeare and Marlowe: Re-Writing the Relationship.” Critical Survey, vol. 21, no. 3, 2009, pp. 41-58. JSTOR, jstor.org/stable/41556327.
Hrala, Josh. “Christopher Marlowe Has Officially Been Credited as Co-Author of 3 Shakespeare Plays.” Science Alert, 2016, sciencealert.com.
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
Craig, Hugh. “Ignore the doubters: here’s why Christopher Marlowe co-wrote Shakespeare’s Henry VI.” The Conversation, 9 Nov. 2016, theconversation.com.
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
“Christopher Marlowe.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, inc., August 2017, www.britannica.com/biography/Christopher-Marlowe. Accessed 9 October 2017.
Reid, Lindsay A. “The Spectre of the School of Night: Former Scholarly Fictions and the Stuff of Academic Fiction.” Early Modern Literary Studies, 2014, pp. 1-31. ProQuest, search.proquest.com.
Phialas, Peter G. “Middleton’s Early Contact with the Law.” Studies in Philology, vol. 52, no. 2, 1955, pp. 186-194. JSTOR, jstor.org/stable/4173130.
“The Bradley Affray.” The Marlowe Studies, themarlowestudies.org/wraight_bradley_duel.html. Accessed 28 September 2017.
Hammer, Paul E.J. “A Reckoning Reframed: The ‘Murder’ of Christopher Marlowe Revisited.” English Literary Renaissance, vol. 26, no. 2, 1996, pp. 225-242, journals.uchicago.edu.
Erne, Lukas. “Biography, Mythography, and Criticism: The Life and Works of Christopher Marlowe.“ Modern Philology, vol. 103, no. 1, August 2005, pp. 28-50. doi.org/10.1086/499177.
Tucker, Kenneth. “Dead Men in Deptford: Recent Lives and Deaths of Christopher Marlowe,” Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama, vol. 34, 1995, pp. 111-124.
Furdell, Elizabeth. “The Death of Christopher Marlowe.” Sixteenth Century Journal: Journal of Early Modern Studies, vol. 27, no. 2, 1996, pp. 477-482. JSTOR, jstor.org/stable/2544145.
Hopkins, Lisa. “Christopher Marlowe and the Succession to the English Crown.” The Yearbook of English Studies, vol. 38, no. 1/2, 2008, pp. 183–198. JSTOR, jstor.org/stable/20479329. Hopkins, Lisa. A Christopher Marlowe Chronology. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Daniel, Samuel. The Collection of the Historie of England. Daniel, Samuel, 1562-1619. The Collection of the Historie of England. Delmar, N.Y., Scholars’ Facsimiles & Reprints, 1986. Hathi Trust, catalog.hathitrust.org. Daniel, Samuel. “Samuel Daniel, 1562 – 1619.” Poetry Foundation, poetryfoundation.org.
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
Thomas Harriot Part 1: Thomas Harriot (1560-1621) was an English scientist who had made advances in various branches of mathematics such as astronomy and navigation. Part 2: Thomas Harriot was a noteworthy English scientist who many had regarded as the
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
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Although not a “Londoner,” Shakespeare spent most of his adult life there writing and performing plays, socializing in the same literary circle as Christopher Marlowe and other University Wits. After Shakespeare left Stratford-upon-Avon to pursue his professional
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
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
Phillip Henslowe 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, England and died on January 6, 1616 in London. Henslowe was also well known
Thomas Watson Thomas Watson was an English poet and author of Hekatompathia, a collection of sonnets published in 1582. Many scholars, including Ibrahim Alhiyari, believe he was born between 1555 and 1557 and died on September 26th, 1592. Watson and his friend Christopher Marlowe were