Reckoning by Charles Nicholl
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The Reckoning

The Murder of Christopher Marlowe

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Reckoning by Charles Nicholl

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In 1593, the brilliant and controversial young playwright Christopher Marlowe was stabbed to death in a Deptford lodging house. The circumstances were shady, the official account - a violent quarrel over the bill, or 'recknynge' - long regarded as dubious. For the first time tracing Marlowe's shadowy political and intelligence dealings, Charles Nicholl uncovers critical new evidence about that fatal day. Also providing an enthralling revelation of the extraordinary underworld of Elizabethan crime and espionage, the 'secret theatre', Nicholl penetrates four centuries of obscurity to expose a complex and chilling story of entrapment and betrayal.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099437475
ISBN-10: 0099437473
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 37mm)
Pages: 608
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Charles Nicholl

Shakespeare and His Contemporaries by Charles Nicholl Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, Paperback (September 2015)

William Shakespeare and his contemporaries helped create not only a new kind of theatre but also a new form of language. In an age of religious and political warfare, they found expression for what it means to be human. In this book, the author explains that Shakespeare belonged to a talented group of writers, poets and dramatists.

Traces Remain by Charles Nicholl Traces Remain, Paperback (December 2012)

From a mysterious painting found in a Hereford house to the death of an alchemist, and from a new Jack the Ripper suspect to a gold hunt in El Dorado, the author's twenty-five essays take in two murders, three disappearances and a missing Shakespeare play to show the marvel and tenacity of these historical traces.

Lodger by Charles Nicholl Lodger, Paperback (July 2008)

In 1612, Shakespeare gave evidence at the Court of Requests in Westminster - it is the only occasion his spoken words are recorded. The case seems routine - a dispute over an unpaid marriage-dowry - but it opens up an unexpected window into the dramatist's famously obscure life-story. This book focuses on this episode in Shakespeare's life.

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UK Kirkus Review » The most riveting book I have read this year has been The Reckoning by Charles Nicholl, about the circumstances surrounding the death, at the age of 29, of Christopher Marlowe, the colourful controversial Elizabethan dramatist who was second only to Shakespeare. It is as gripping as any detective story. The reckoning of the title is the dispute over a bill for a tavern meal, between Marlowe and his friends, which was officially put out as the cause of his fatal stabbing. Nicholl, however, has an alternative explanation, and a fascinating one it is. He plunges us into a world of Elizabethan intrigue, of crime and espionage, of double-dealing and treble-dealing. The murky underside of the English Renaissance is brilliantly exposed in this unputdownable account of Marlowe's murder. Review by Keith Waterhouse (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Charles Nicholl

Charles Nicholl has written two travel books, The Fruit Palace and Borderlines; a study of Elizabethan alchemy, The Chemical Theatre, and a biography of the pamphleteer Thomas Nashe, A Cup of News. He has also written a reconstruction of Sir Walter Ralegh's search for El Dorado, The Creature in the Map, and Somebody Else, which won the 1998 Hawthornden Prize. His work has appeared in Granta, Rolling Stone and the Independent.

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