Five Fascinating Facts about Christopher Marlowe

As you may have noticed, I have been obsessed with Shakespeare of late. Of course this interesting piece about Christopher Marlowe fits right in. I have heard many a rumor about Marlowe, it would fun to find out the truth. Or perhaps our imagination is more fun?

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Curious trivia about playwright Christopher Marlowe

1. Christopher Marlowe was a pioneer of the Elizabethan theatre. He influenced Shakespeare, and Shakespeare’s biographer Jonathan Bate has even suggested that Marlowe and Shakespeare became locked in a competition, where each influenced the other. Marlowe was just two months older than Shakespeare: he was born in Canterbury in February 1564, the son of a shoemaker. Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great (part one of a two-parter) is thought to be one of the first English plays written in blank verse – that is, unrhymed iambic pentameter.

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