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Saturday, June 04, 2016

An interesting theory

Kit Marlowe's murder may have been a royal hit:
After years of intensive research Francis Hamit is satisfied that he knows exactly how and why the Elizabethan poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe died on May 30th, 1593.

"It was a hit," Hamit said, "A political assassination for reasons of state, ordered by Queen Elizabeth herself. Marlowe professed atheism, which would have been no big deal if he had not been the most famous and popular playwright of the Elizabethan stage. His fame meant that the deed had to be done secretly. Marlowe was also one of her spies and worked for the Secret Service under Sir Francis Walsingham and Sir Robert Cecil. The other men in the room with Marlowe at the time of his death were all friends of his and long-time agents for the Crown."

"Marlowe infiltrated the Jesuit Seminary at Rhiems as a spy in 1585, and probably did other missions. He was part of Sir Walter Raleigh's group of freethinkers, the so-called 'School of the Night,' and gave a lecture about atheism. His former chambermate and lover Thomas Kyd was arrested for having atheistic literature and revealed under torture that the documents were Marlowe's. Additional accusations from informers got Marlowe arrested by the Privy Council and he was under investigation and restrictions when he died."
I have no idea if it is true or not, but I suspect there is a pretty good novel to be found in the notion.

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Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother June 04, 2016 8:26 AM  

Great movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Kit Marlowe and Heath Ledger as Thomas Kyd!

Anonymous redsash June 04, 2016 8:26 AM  

When one gets an atheist, one also usually gets a homosexual as well. Good girl Lizzy.

Blogger Phillip George June 04, 2016 8:55 AM  

@ #JeSuisMarlowe.

In other breaking news, King Tut's dagger was made from meteorite. The smoking gun is extra terrestrials.

What's your excuse Vox? Where were you on the 30th May, 1593. No doubt that time machine in the closet is for innocent mandela effect party tricks, but who have you lent the keys to? Hmmmmmm. An accessory after the fact.. Hmmmm. Hmmmmm. Think, posting this now exonerates you?

Blogger kudzu bob June 04, 2016 8:56 AM  

George Garrett's Entered from the Sun is a wonderful novel about the assassination of Marlowe.

PS. Poison Pen by the same author is one of the funniest books I've ever read.

Blogger JL Domingo June 04, 2016 8:59 AM  

Finally, after years of waiting, I could write:

No one expects the Elizabethan Inquisition!

Anonymous Basin Boys June 04, 2016 9:16 AM  

My understanding is he was anti-Masonic.
M Hoffman II the Catholic has some stuff on it.

Blogger Phillip George June 04, 2016 9:18 AM  

Jesuit versus Freemason. that clears everything up.

Blogger Phillip George June 04, 2016 9:28 AM  

one of the few certainties any investigative journalist has is that anything claiming to be an expose of secret societies isn't. Run with freakanomics and hard evidence. Dallas, MH370 17 EgyptAir 804 are crimes, not accidents.
Waco:.. #neveragain.... #nomorefreeWacos

If truth doesn't matter to a people they aren't worth defending.

Blogger Russ June 04, 2016 9:32 AM  

My Sophmore language tutor at St. John's had us read Marlowe's Dr. Faustus. Mr. Dungey was professionally quiet about his Lutheranism, but I wonder what he'd make of Marlowe possibly being an atheist.

Blogger Doom June 04, 2016 10:45 AM  

A novel? About an atheist murdered by the state in which he was employed as an intelligence agent, most likely by his "friends and compatriots", and gay at that? Yeah no. that is so last century, the early part for sure, though most of that early part of the century. And it's any present or future in which God is rejected by the state. The crown, even to this day, runs that church. And with a woman at it's head, it is a dying church... though it never was real, from Henry on. It's... nature following it's natural course. Trash begets trash and takes itself out. Although, if you made it into a homo-dog-donkey love triangle, somehow set in space, set back in time...

Bleh. I think not. Good day.

Anonymous BGKB June 04, 2016 11:01 AM  

Jesuit versus Freemason

What is the actual story of the freemasons? A jewish lesbian told me they don't prosecute their members that have sex with kids.

About an atheist murdered by the state in which he was employed as an intelligence agent, most likely by his "friends and compatriots", and gay at that?

One theory was that Benghazi was supposed to be sand niggers capture Ambassador Stevens then Bath House Barry negotiates with them proving them to be civil & Barry to be a skilled negotiator. Only to have been screwed up by the people shooting sand niggers making them chimp out & ignore the plan.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 June 04, 2016 11:09 AM  

That's an old theory. I first heard it back in college myself.

Surprised they didn't say that he was murdered because he was allegedly gay.

Blogger buzzardist June 04, 2016 11:11 AM  

It's hardly a new theory. Hardly anybody thinks that Marlowe's death was merely a dispute over a tavern bill. Maybe this is just another outgrowth of Romanticism--no great author can have died for such petty reasons, so it must have been something conspiratorial, dark, mysterious, and tragic. That said, there is a lot of evidence from Marlowe's life that he was mixed up in some pretty shady stuff that almost certainly would have given a lot of people reasons to murder him.

One of the best reads is Charles Nicholl's The Reckoning, which is half novel, half scholarship, investigating and speculating on the circumstances of and reasons for Marlowe's murder.

Blogger pyrrhus June 04, 2016 11:54 AM  

A Dead Man in Deptford, by Anthony Burgess...

Blogger Ingot9455 June 04, 2016 12:05 PM  

@11 Freemasonry is Wicca for Republicans.

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 04, 2016 1:46 PM  

Oh Come on!

Everybody knows it was William Shakespere that murdered Marlowe.

Shakespeare had paid good money to have Marlowe ghost a comedy for him and he was pissed as hell he was going to have to stick his own good name on Titus Andronicus.

Hell, I'd have killed him myself.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother June 04, 2016 1:54 PM  

Great movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Kit Marlowe and Heath Ledger as Thomas Kyd!

Anonymous Susan June 04, 2016 2:39 PM  

Elizabeth I had a great public image as Gloriana and a peace loving forward thinking queen. All nonsense for show. I suspect that the reality is she was as bloody as her father was, she just went about it a lot smarter and more deviously thanks to Walsingham and Cecil. She learned deviousness during her sister Bloody Mary's reign as a way to survive the times.

Like with her court favorite Robert Dudley and how his ill wife, was found dead at the foot of the stairs. They still cannot decide if she was pushed or did she fall on her own. Many think she was killed to prevent Dudley from somehow worming his way on to the throne of England. The scandal nearly destroyed him at court.

Anonymous kfg June 04, 2016 3:02 PM  

"King Tut's dagger was made from meteorite"

You call it FeNi, but, despite Jefferson's skepticism as late as the 19th century, back in Tut's day we called it "Sky Iron."

Blogger Tubal Cain's Widow's Son June 04, 2016 3:38 PM  

The generative principle. Boysex brings majik powers.

Anonymous Charlie Baud June 04, 2016 4:00 PM  

The "Brave, Freethinking Atheist killed by evil Christian Authoritarians" theme seems a little too pat, though it's to be expected from the liberal British film industry. E. Michael Jones gave a better explanation in "The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit". Marlowe had become a vocal critic of Elizabeth's empire building and of court magician John Dee.

Anonymous karsten June 04, 2016 4:47 PM  

Marlowe may be best known for Dr. Faustus (a fine play, at least in Acts 1, 2, and 5, though speculation exists that Acts 3 and 4 were lost and that what we have in their place, which is more comic and less Marlovian-epic, is by another hand), but for my money Tamburlaine the Great is by far his finest play. It's the work that pretty much created blank verse, and honestly, I don't think Shakespeare himself ever managed to create as titanic a protagonist as the eponymous Scythian shepherd and world-conqueror.

Michael Wood's "In Search of Shakespeare" (an excellent doc, if marred by the predictable cultural Leftism) has a good interlude about Marlowe.

Blogger pbuxton June 04, 2016 8:31 PM  

Oh, God, not more of these Earl of Essex twats and "Marlowe was assassinated" twits. Marlowe was a loose cannon and adrenaline junkie. People like him don't die of old age: think Hunter S Thompson crossed with Kenneth Anger.

M Wood's Shakespeare series is amazing. I did not think it was filled with Leftist bias; rather, I thought it was Catholic anti-Protestant bias. "Wah, wah, Queenie was running a horrid, horrid police state!! I just won't mention the rebellions against the Crown the Pope financed, oopsie, my B." Seriously, he really whines like that at parts of it, but when the show concentrates on documenting the real Shakespeare, it is very fascinating.

Anonymous Discard June 05, 2016 12:54 AM  

4. kudzu bob: I second your suggestion. "Entered From the Sun" was a great read.

Blogger Phillip George June 05, 2016 1:48 AM  

one of the few certainties any investigative journalist has is that anything claiming to be an expose of secret societies isn't. Run with freakanomics and hard evidence. Dallas, MH370 17 EgyptAir 804 are crimes, not accidents.
Waco:.. #neveragain.... #nomorefreeWacos

If truth doesn't matter to a people they aren't worth defending.

Blogger Michael Deloatch June 05, 2016 11:33 AM  

Quoth the querolous queen from down yonder:

"Dammit, Hamit, thou has cleft my art in twain!"

Blogger owlish June 06, 2016 5:36 PM  

The Armor of Light by Melissa Scott and Lisa A Barnett is an alt-universe historical fiction in which Marlowe is saved from assassination [sent by the Queen's Spymaster] by Sir Philip Sidney.

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