He greatly influenced William Shakespeare, who was born in the same year as Marlowe and who rose to become the pre-eminent Elizabethan playwright after Marlowe's mysterious early death.
Marlowe's plays are known for the use of blank verse and their overreaching protagonists. No reason was given for it, though it was thought to be connected to allegations of blasphemy—a manuscript believed to have been written by Marlowe was said to contain "vile heretical conceipts".
Ten days later, he was stabbed to death by Ingram Frizer.
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Thus, he was just two months older than his contemporary William Shakespeare, who was baptised on 26 April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Marlowe attended The King's School in Canterbury (where a house is now named after him) and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he studied on a scholarship and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1584.
On 20 May, he was brought to the court to attend upon the Privy Council for questioning.
There is no record of their having met that day, however, and he was commanded to attend upon them each day thereafter until "licensed to the contrary".
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