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February 6: Christopher Marlowe (1564)

It was on this date, February 6, 1564 (by some accounts), that British poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe was born in Canterbury, the son of a shoemaker. He nevertheless studied at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, excelling in the Bible and Reformation theologians as well as philosophy and history. Pausing from his studies to work in secret for the British government, Marlowe returned to take an M.A. degree, which the university was reluctant to grant, believing that he had converted to Roman Catholicism. But the Queen’s Privy Council settled the matter in Marlowe’s favor. Rejecting a clerical career, Marlowe moved to London and began a six-year career as a dramatist…

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Originally published February 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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