Canterbury, England - A Marlowe Mystery
Above is a video we made in Canterbury at the Three Tuns Hotel Pub. Three guys from the University of Kent were getting initiated into the LaCrosse team. They got dumped outside of town wearing nothing but a plastic trash bag and had to make it back into town. It really made our trip to Canterbury most memorable.
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I must tell you about a Marlowe mystery of my own, which I have just solved. My mystery relates to a different Marlowe, but he was certainly not fictional. Christopher Marlowe was born in the famous old English city of Canterbury. The exact date of his birth is unknown, but shortly afterwards he was baptized in St. George’s Church on February 26th 1564.
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As a young man, Christopher Marlowe ranked as one of the leading playwrights and poets of Elizabethan England. He was a couple of months older than William Shakespeare, whose early work is said to have been much influenced by Marlowe. History records that Christopher Marlowe was stabbed to death at the age of 29 in a tavern on May 30th 1593. There is a theory that Christopher Marlowe did not die in 1593, but instead faked his own death in order to avoid various problems in his own life. The theory goes on to claim that Marlowe then went on to write most of the works of William Shakespeare, but could not publish them in his own name without revealing that he was still alive. These claims are collectively known as The Marlovian Theory, the truth of which is vigorously proclaimed by various learned societies.
Let me say at once that this is not the Marlowe mystery that I solved. Who stabbed whom and who wrote what over 400 years ago are matters well beyond my investigative powers. My own Marlowe mystery first came to my attention earlier this month, June 2010, when I was strolling down the High Street in Canterbury one fine morning.
|St. George’s Clock Tower Canterbury|
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This piece, written by Bob, was originally posted on our website on June 29, 2010.