welcome to the marlowe society

The Marlowe Society is a registered charity whose objects are to provide, develop and encourage the advancement of education for the public benefit in the field of Elizabethan literature, and that of Christopher Marlowe in particular. You can learn more about Christopher Marlowe, engage with historians and fellow enthusiasts, and participate in events to celebrate the life and works of Marlowe.

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The Objects of the Marlowe Society are to present Christopher Marlowe in his true light as a great poet and playwright, the innovator of blank verse drama; to encourage the performance of his plays; to discuss and study Elizabethan and Jacobean literature; and to publish historically valid information about him based on research. Read more about the Society’s policy and Shakespearean Authorship debate.

Christopher Marlowe as poet and playwright was at the forefront of the 16th Century dramatic renaissance, a man to whom Shakespeare and others owe a huge debt of gratitude. He also led a full and intriguing life outside the theatre. Entangled in the outer reaches of the Elizabethan espionage web, Marlowe’s life is alleged to have ended prematurely in 1593 when, at just 29, he was reportedly stabbed to death in Deptford. Learn more about his life.

Members have access to a special Marlowe Library in Canterbury and can visit the University of Kent Special Collections to read our Holinshed’s Chronicles (1587). This was the inspiration for several plays by Shakespeare, Marlowe and their contemporaries. Marlowe Society Members receive regular newsletters containing articles and reviews as well as updates of new events. See how to join. We gather three times a year, see forthcoming events.

“You must be proud, bold, pleasant, resolute, And now and then stab, when occasion serves.”

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