Marlowe in Primary Sources
bit of documentary
evidence is available for Christopher Marlowe, despite the fact that the trail ends when he is 29.
Most of the evidence results from Marlowe's troubles with the law. He was arrested for homicide in 1589 when he and his friend Thomas Watson fought with William Bradley, resulting in Bradley's death. He was arrested for coining in Flushing, Netherlands, in 1592 along with his arch-enemy Richard Baines, and sent back to the Privy Council for them to sort out the truth. Then, in 1593, Marlowe was arrested after his former roommate, the playwright Thomas Kyd, told the authorities that a forbidden treatise found in his study by the religious thought police belonged to Marlowe.
A large body of documentation followed the Deptford meeting of May 30, 1593, where it was reported that Marlowe was killed by Ingram Frizer, while Robert Poley (a high level intelligence operative) and Nicholas Skeres looked on.
The only writer with the proven ability to write poetry and dramatic verse at a "Shakespearean" level. For two centuries, scholars have proclaimed that Shakespeare learned how to write by studying Marlowe's style.
Speculation that they were friends and shared manuscripts is prompted by the striking similarity of Marlowe's later works to Shakespeare's early works.