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Christopher Marlow Christopher Marlowe was born on February 6 1564 Discovering Christopher Marlowe 2 in Canterbury England and baptized at St Georges Church on the 26th of the same month exactly two months before William Shakespeare was baptized at Stratford-upon-Avon Henderson 275 He was the eldest son of John Marlowe of the Shoemakers Guild and Katherine Arthur a Dover girl of yeoman stock Henderson 275 Upon graduating Kings School Canterbury he received a six-year scholarship to Cambridge upon the condition that he studies for the church He went to Cambridge but had to be reviewed by the Privy Council before the university could award him his MA degree because of his supposed abandonment of going to church He was awarded his degree in July of 1587 at the age of twenty-three after the Privy Council had convinced Cambridge authorities that he had behaved himself orderly and discreetly whereby he had done Her Majesty good service Henderson 276 After this he completed his education from Cambridge over a period of six years During this time he wrote some plays including Hero and Leander along with translating others such as Ovids Amores and Book I of Lucans Pharsalia Henderson 276 During the next five years he lived in London where he wrote and produced some of his plays and traveled a great deal on government commissions something that he had done while trying to earn his MA degree In 1589 however he was imprisoned for taking part in a street fight in which a man was killed later he was discharged with a warning to keep the peace Henderson 276 He failed to do so three years later he was summoned to court for assaulting two Shoreditch constables although there is no knowledge on whether or not he answered these charges Henderson 276 Later Marlowe was suspected of being involved in the siege of Roven where troops were sent to contain some Protestants who were causing unrest
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