The World of Christopher Marlowe

The World of Christopher Marlowe

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This is the definitive book about the man who revolutionised English drama and English poetry - and was murdered in his prime. David Riggs evokes the atmosphere and texture of Marlowe's life, from the stench and poverty of a childhood spent near Canterbury's abattoirs to the fanatical pursuit of classical learning at school. Marlowe won a place at Cambridge University, where he entered its world of eighteen-hour working days, religious intrigue and twilight homosexuality. The gifted student was not immune to the passions and fears of the wider society, and Riggs describes the mood of England in those years when Elizabeth's crown was anything but secure, and Spain and the Papacy were determined to overthrow her regime. Looming above everything is the Elizabethan state and its spy rings, with which Marlowe was already involved by the time he left Cambridge. His undercover missions brought him into contact with Catholic conspirators who were plotting to kill the Queen; yet as a playwright and thinker he was attracted to the most unorthodox and threatening idea of all - atheism. Marlowe brought a wonderful new lightness and musicality to English verse, but was held in little esteem dur
Publisher: London : Faber, c2004
ISBN: 9780571221592
0571221599
Branch Call Number: 822.3 MAR 2004
Characteristics: xiii, 411 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Harriet_the_Spy Dec 06, 2016

Because so little is known about Marlowe's actual life, Riggs gives us those details within a framework of understanding Elizabethan England. For each aspect of his life or work, we learn something else about historical forces and cultural beliefs that animate Marlowe's life and dramatic (and contested) death. Written with obvious scholarship but in a lively and accessible style.

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