|Christopher Marlowe is buried in an
unmarked grave in St. Nicholas's Church, Deptford, London, England. There is a memorial
plaque to him on the wall of the churchyard.
Memorial Plaque to Marlowe
On the 30th May 1593 Marlowe was killed by Ingram Frizer in a private meeting room
in a house in Deptford. However, there is considerable conjecture regarding the circumstances of
Some believe his death occurred accidentally as a result
of a fight over an unpaid bill. Others believe he was murdered by Frizer
due to his involvement in espionage. Some have even suggested his murder was faked
and that Marlowe fled to France where he subsequently wrote all the plays
attributed to William Shakespeare.
(Anthony Burgess's final novel A Dead Man in Deptford is based
on these events.)
Marlowe's poetic works include: translations of
Ovid's elegies, Hero and Leander - a long poem adapted from
The Grammarian by Musaeus - and Lucan's First Book. Many of
his poems are sexual in nature and, in the case of Hero and
One of his final poems - On the Death of Sir Roger Manwood -
was written in Latin and addressed to the judge who dealt leniently with
him when he appeared at the Old Bailey in 1589 charged with murder.
Despite his skill as a poet, Marlowe is chiefly remembered for his dramatic works such as Tamburlaine, Dr
Faustus and The Jew of Malta.