The Plays of Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe, the inventor of Elizabethan drama, was also believed to be a spy for Queen Elizabeth, an atheist, and a possible murder victim; his brief but dramatic life has been the subject of rumours for more than four centuries…Read more about Christopher Marlowe here.

Christopher Marlowe’s work is filled with obscure references to astronomical and cosmological concepts. Any reader of this greatest of early Elizabethan dramatists will want to understand all such allusions; to that end, the the reader may wish to read, and even print out, the following brief article which lays out in easy language and summarizes with helpful charts the view of the universe espoused by Marlowe:

Spheres, Elements and Humours: Cosmolgy in Elizabethan Drama, pdf file..
Spheres, Elements and Humours: Cosmology in Elizabethan Drama, Website page.

 The Annotated Plays of Christopher Marlowe:

Dido, Queen of Carthage  (1585-6)

Tamburlaine the Great, Part One (1586-7)

Tamburlaine the Great, Part Two (1587)

The Jew of Malta (1589-1590)

Doctor Faustus (both ‘A’ and ‘B’ texts) (1589-1592)

The Massacre at Paris (c.1592)

Edward II (1592)