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Kit Marlowe was the bad boy of Elizabethan drama, a schemer and player who inhabited a seamy underworld in which plots, real and imagined, proliferated. When he died, apparently in a tavern brawl, in Deptford in 1593, stabbed through the eye at the age of 29, it seemed he had only met the death that had been coming to him. But is this the whole story? Or did he know too much about those in power and so had to be expunged? This new investigation of Marlowe's death - and the life which provoked it - unravels the evidence to suggest a new answer to a murder which has puzzled us for over four centuries. Author of Tamburlaine, The Jew of Malta and Doctor Faustus, Marlowe was the leading literary light of his generation. But while he excited admiration, he also made powerful enemies. For, as leading crime writer M.J. Trow shows, Marlowe had also become involved in a world of spies and counter-spies, and developed perilous interests in alchemy, witchcraft and the School of the Night.
M. J. Trow: Who Killed Kit Marlowe? A Contract to Murder in Elizabethan England. Sutton Publishing, ISBN: 0750929634 (September, 2002), 294 p., £7.99