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The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe

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In 1593 the brilliant but controversial young playwright Christopher Marlowe was stabbed to death in a Deptford lodging house. The circumstances were shady, the official account—a violent quarrel over the bill, or "recknynge"—has been long regarded as dubious.

Here, in a tour de force of scholarship and ingenuity, Charles Nicholl penetrates four centuries of obscurity to reveal not only a complex and unsettling story of entrapment and betrayal, chimerical plot and sordid felonies, but also a fascinating vision of the underside of the Elizabethan world.

"Provides the sheer enjoyment of fiction, and might just be true."—Michael Kenney, Boston Globe

"Mr. Nicholl's glittering reconstruction of Marlowe's murder is only one of the many fascinating aspects of this book. Indeed, The Reckoning is equally compelling for its masterly evocation of a vanished world, a world of Elizabethan scholars, poets, con men, alchemists and spies, a world of Machiavellian malice, intrigue and dissent."—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"The rich substance of the book is his detail, the thick texture of betrayal and evasion which was Marlowe's life."—Thomas Flanagan, Washington Post Book World

Winner of the Crime Writer's Gold Dagger Award for Nonfiction Thriller

Synopsis:

In 1593 the brilliant but controversial young playwright Christopher Marlowe was stabbed to death in a Deptford lodging house. The circumstances were shady. Nicholls penetrates four centuries of obscurity to reveal a complex story of entrapment and betrayal. Winner of the Crime Writer's Gold Dagger Award for a nonfiction thriller.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [393]-399) and index.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Torch Turning Downward

Pt. 1: The Killing

1: Deptford, 1593

2: The Official Story

3: The Witnesses

4: Widow Bull

5: Libels and Heresies

Pt. 2: Reactions

6: The First Epitaphs

7: The 'Goggle-eyed Sonnet'

8: Independent Accounts

9: Touchstone's Riddle

10: Vaughan and the Perrots

11: The Questions

Pt. 3: The Intelligence Connection

12: Faithful Dealing

13: The Elizabethan Secret Service

14: Thomas Walsingham

15: Shaking the Foundation

16: Robert Poley

17: The Babington Plot

Pt. 4: Poets and Spies

18: 'Our Best for Plotting'

19: Thomas Watson

20: Fictions and Knaveries

21: The Wizard Earl

22: The 'Priest of the Sun'

Pt. 5: The Low Countries

23: New Masters

24: Lord Strange

25: The Dutch Shilling

26: Marlowe and Poole

27: Poley's Network

28: Roydon and the King of Scots

Pt. 6: The Frame

29: 'This Cursed Cholmeley'

30: The Damnable Crew

31: The Dutch Church Libeller

32: Ralegh and Essex

33: The Drury Letter

34: Marlowe's Liberty

35: The Reckoning

Epilogue

Appendix: 'False Trails'

Notes

Sources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226580241
Author:
Nicholl, Charles
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Dramatists, English
Subject:
Marlowe, christopher, 1564-1593
Subject:
Marlowe, Christopher
Subject:
Dramatists, English -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- Death.
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Dramatists, English - Early modern, 1500-
Subject:
Marlowe, Christopher - Death and burial
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
74
Publication Date:
19950731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 halftones, frontispiece
Pages:
424
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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