Christopher Marlowe

Marlowe, Christopher (1564-1593), Born the same year as Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe was to become the first great poet of the theatre's second great age. His life, much like the lives of his characters, would be short and violent.

The son of a shoemaker, Marlowe attended King's School, Canterbury and Corpus Christi College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1584 and his Masters degree three years later. According to university records, Marlowe disappeared frequently during his last years at school, exceeding the number of absences permitted him by statute and putting his degree in jeopardy.

Apparently, much of this time was spent in Rheims among the Catholics who were plotting against Queen Elizabeth's protestant regime. Because of his absences and the fact that he refused to take holy orders, the university refused, for a time, to confer his degree, but the authorities...

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Christopher Marlowe Books

The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
The Jew of Malta
Massacre at Paris
Tamburlaine the Great, Part 1
Tamburlaine the Great, Part 2
Lucan's First Book
Edward II
Dido Queen of Carthage
Hero and Leander
Ovid's Elegies
The Passionate Shepherd to his Love






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