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Christopher Marlowe was born on February 61564 the oldest son of a shoemaker He was very well educated At twenty-three he went off to London and became the dramatist for the theatre company owned by Lords Admiral and Strange He was nicknamed Kit by his close friends In the spring of 1593 a friend of Marlowes was captured and tortured by the Queens Privy Council Based on this evidence the Council was preparing to arrest him Before this arrest could take place he was killed in a brawl at a rooming-house in the town of Deptford He was staying there with three of his friends On the night of May 30 1593 the four of them had just finished eating when Marlowe and one of his friends began arguing over the bill He eventually grabbed his friends dagger and attacked him from behind and in the resulting fight his friend regained his dagger and stabbed and killed Marlowe He was quickly pardoned on grounds of self-defense and his employers did not fire him Both the timing of Marlowes death and the lack of any retribution against his murderer have led some scholars to theorize that his death was faked and Marlowe himself took up a new identity to escape the Privy Council Some go so far as to state that this new identity was that of William Shakespeare Marlowe was remembered for his plays including works such as The Famous Tragedy of the Rich Jew of Malta Edward the Second and the infamous Dr Faustus His most ambitious work was the heroic epic Tamburlaine the Great a play in two parts with five acts each This was in poem form as all plays were then but it has the added distinction of being the first play written in English blank verse He was the first to write a genuine tragedy in English paving the way for Shakespeare Marlowe also wrote one of the
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