On this day in 1593, the colourful Christopher Marlowe, poet, playwright, lover of tobacco and boys, and supposed spy, was fatally stabbed in a tavern in Deptford, under somewhat mysterious circumstances. The Coroner’s Inquisition at the time concluded that he had been killed in self-defence by one Ingram Frizer, during an argument about a bill or “reckoning”. It is believed that his death is alluded to, in his friend William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”, as “a great reckoning in a little room”.
Marlowe is buried in the ancient church of St Nicholas in Deptford.
The recently discovered remains of the sixteenth-century “Rose Playhouse” in Southwark, where many of Marlowe’s plays were – and indeed periodically still are – performed, alongside those of Ben Jonson and others, is visited on our “Historic Southwark” standard walk, and on our “Post-Medieval (Tudor and Stuart) London” themed special (*).
Further details of all our walks are available in the “Our Guided Walks” section of our web-site.
(*) Readers may also be interested to know that the “Rose”, situated on Park Street, is open to the public every Saturday from 10:00-5:00 (entry is free, although donations are of course welcome).
Also that there is presently a temporary exhibition entitled “Henslowe’s Rose: Theatrical Treasure from Dulwich College” in the reconstructed “Globe” on Bankside. The exhibition runs until June 29th.