Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) was born in Canterbury in the same year as Shakespeare. After studying at Cambridge University, he moved to London and became part of the literary life there. He wrote poems and plays, and his plays were very famous in his own time. At one point he was probably working as a spy in Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Service. He was stabbed to death on May 30, 1593 in a tavern brawl, an event that is also referred to in the film Shakespeare in Love.  He may have been assassinated for political reasons. Marlowe’s most famous short poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” was not published until 1599, six years after the poet’s death.