Reckoning by Charles Nicholl
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By Charles Nicholl

The Reckoning

The Murder of Christopher Marlowe M 2nd

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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. The Reckoning is the first full-length investigation of the killing, tracing Marlowe's shadowy political dealings, his involvement in covert intelligence work, and the charges of heresy and homosexuality against him. There is critical new evidence about his three companions on that last day in Deptford and about the sinister role of the informer, Richard Baines. More important, The Reckoning is an enthralling revelation of the extraordinary underworld of Elizabethan crime and espionage, a "secret theater" in which nearly every historical figure familiar to us, from hack poet to Queen's high minister, seems to have played a part. Here, in a tour de force of precise scholarship and dazzling ingenuity, Charles Nicholl penetrates four centuries of obscurity to reveal not only a complex and unsettling story of entrapment and betrayal, chimerical plot and sordid felonies, but also a fascinating vision of the underside of an entire culture.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226580241
ISBN-10: 0226580245
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 155mm x 27mm)
Pages: 424
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 31-Dec-1992
Country of Publication: United States

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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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