A Christopher Marlowe Chronology by L. Hopkins

By L. Hopkins

This new Chronology bargains a special and obtainable assessment of key dates proper to Christopher Marlowe's lifestyles and works, and allows readers to navigate their method during the a number of items of proof for the hotly contested relationship of his performs and poems. on the grounds that Marlowe's performs usually specialize in actual old figures, information in their lives also are incorporated to permit readers to determine what liberties Marlowe has taken in his dramatizations in their lives.

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He is likely to have been a few days old at the time. March Gerard Richardson, to whom John Marlowe had been apprenticed, dies. ) Lady Day. Start of the Elizabethan new year. ) Easter Sunday. ) Marlowe’s father John admitted as a freeman of Canterbury, although he had served only a four-year apprenticeship instead of the customary seven. This was probably because plague had created a labour shortage. From now, or from shortly after, John Marlowe has his own shoemaker’s shop. ) William Shakespeare is christened at Holy Trinity church, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Marlowe will be a future holder of it. May−August Plague in Canterbury pushes the death toll in these months to twice its normal figure. ) Death of Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury. ) Canterbury fair held. October Heavy snow in Canterbury. ) First mention of Lady Arbella Stuart, to whom Marlowe might just conceivably later have acted as tutor. Her precise birthdate is unknown, but a letter from her grandmother on this date refers to her. She had probably been born shortly before. 1576 Publication at Geneva of Innocent Gentillet, Discours sur les moyens de bien gouverner et maintenir en bonne paix un royaume ou autre principauté.

November Richard Baines, later to be Marlowe’s chief accuser in the Baines Note, matriculates as a pensioner at Christ’s College, Cambridge. The English College founded at Douai. ) Burial of John and Katherine Marlowe’s unnamed infant son. 1569 Edmund Spenser is recorded as carrying despatches from France. Gerald Mercator publishes a world map which is the first to make use of his new projection (on its effects and significance, see Binding, 200−1). João Micques, now Nassi, the Portuguese Jew who was created Duke of Naxos by Sultan Selim II, publicly urges the Sultan to break his alliance with Venice and seize Cyprus.

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