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Marlowe, Christopher
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(baptized Feb 26, 1564, Canterbury – May 30, 1593, Deptford), next to W. Shakespeare and Ben Jonson the most powerfully eloquent poet of the theater in Elizabethan England. The son of a shoemaker was a scholarship student at Cambridge and an adventurous informer in Elizabeth's secret service. He was denounced as a homosexual and an atheist, and at the age of 29 was stabbed to death under unclear circumstances in a fight at a lodging house. After Humanistic apprentice pieces (translations of Ovid's Amores and the first book of Lucan's Pharsalia), he and Thomas Nash wrote The …

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Meller, Horst, “Marlowe, Christopher”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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