The Tragical History of Christopher Marlowe February 1564-May 30, 1593. Of “Common Stock”. Parents John and Katherine Marlowe Father shoemaker Canterbury, England Scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. Education & Religion. B. A. in 1584; M. A. in 1587
The Tragical History of Christopher Marlowe
February 1564-May 30, 1593
Corpus Christi College,
difference was damnation
to His Love” (1600)
that parallel larger themes
to pose questions for discussion (1517).
for translating the Bible into English.
The Great Chain of Being
Preparing for Imminent Death
Queen Elizabeth-the Politique
Living for worldly accomplishments
Rise of Middle Class
1. London cultural center
2. Scientific experimentation
3. Change social class
4. Some religious freedom
5. Land/feudal obligations
6. Writers had to have noble patrons or be nobles themselves
7. Challenge; ask questions
8. Could not change social status
9. Professional writers
10.Follow tradition and authority completely
Theatres and Free-thinking
Avoidance of authority, discuss anything that could escape censors
QE I seeing Richard II after Essex revolt: “I am Richard II, know ye not that?”
Marlowe’s view of man: “. . .But his dominion that exceeds in this / Stretcheth as far as doth the mind of man” (Faustus.1.1.57-58).
--Robert Browning (1812–1889)
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