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During his time, Christopher Marlowe was considered the foremost tragic playwright of the Elizabethan theater. Son of a shoemaker in Canterbury, Marlowe received a scholarship to Cambridge University, where he earned a degree from Corpus Christi College. Marlowe's Tamburlaine was the first of his plays performed on the stage in London and is regarded as the seed of sophisticated Elizabethan theater.
Not much can be definitively known about Marlowe, given that most authenticated details of his life come from legal and similar documents that have survived the centuries. However, he has been variously described by contemporaries as a 'magician, brawler and rake-hell'.
It seems likely that Marlowe was a spy or was otherwise engaged in espionage service for the government; he was often mysteriously absent from Cambridge for prolonged periods during his years there and, upon his return, had enough money to spend lavishly on food, drink and entertainment - far above his scholarship allowance. In addition, the government ordered Cambridge to award Marlowe his MA when the university was reluctant to do so, fearing he was a secret Catholic. When he was arrested for counterfeiting in the Netherlands, he was remanded to the England's treasurer, Lord Burghley, but charges were never preferred by the Crown. Marlowe eventually was arrested, however, under suspicion of authoring anonymous threats to French and Dutch Protestant emigres. Appearing before the Privy Council on May 20, 1593, he was ordered to appear before them daily and then released.
Marlowe, along with three companions, was roistering in an ordinary in Deptford on the night of May 30. A quarrel regarding the bill erupted, and in the ensuing brawl, Marlowe was stabbed and killed with his own knife. He was 29 years old.
Here a serving-man in that tavern watches in sad disbelief as Marlowe is stabbed. Digital oils; original photo.
RC DeWinter, Fairfield, CT Member Since December 2008 Artist StatementHello and welcome to my portfolio on Imagekind. Here's a bit about me:
RC deWinter is a Connecticut writer/digital artist whose artwork has been published in many print and online journals, including, among others, The American Muse, Fine Art Photography, Poetry Nook, 2River View, Pink Panther, Official Feature Online Entertainment Magazine, Garden Tripod and also used as set décor on ABC-TV’s “Desperate Housewives." In 2013 Ms. deWinter she was one of six finalists for a Shorty Award, the national social media awards, in art. Ms. deWinter is honored to be the first digital artist invited to exhibit at the Arts of Tolland Gallery in Connecticut. Her 4-week solo exhibition was an unqualified success. Her poetry publication credits include The New York Times, Uno: A Poetry Anthology, 2River View, Another Sun, Pink Panther Magazine, Pilcrow & Dagger, Plum Ruby Review, Poetry Life and Times and numerous other print/online publications. If you enjoy my work, please spread the word, and thank you for stopping by.