|Plaque in St Nicholas' graveyard|
|St Nicholas Church, Deptford|
It is believed that Marlowe’s tragic death is alluded to, as “a great reckoning in a little room”, in his friend Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
The “Rose Theatre” in Southwark, where Marlowe’s plays, including Tamburlaine, Doctor Faustus, The Jew of Malta, Massacre at Paris and possibly also Dido, Queen of Carthage, were performed, alongside Shakespeare’s, is visited on our Thursday afternoon walk “Historic Southwark – Shakespeare’s London and more” (see also April 23rd blog post).
The London of Shakespeare and his contemporaries is covered on all of our walks, perhaps most particularly our Thursday morning one “Aldgate, Bishopsgate and beyond – Priories and Play-Houses” and the Thursday afternoon one “Historic Southwark – Shakespeare’s London and more”.
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MARLOWE - THE 'DEAD SHEPHERD' OF SHAKESPEARE'S WORK
As mentioned above, Shakespeare references Marlowe in 'As You Like It' - believed to have been written in 1599. The play includes lines thought to refer to Marlowe's death, spoken by the clown Touchstone:
When a man's verses cannot be understood, nor a
man's good wit seconded with the forward child
Understanding, it strikes a man more dead than a
great reckoning in a little room. Truly, I would
the gods had made thee poetical.
The play also includes a direct quotation from Marlowe's 'Hero and Leander' (published posthumously in 1598, but possibly available to Shakespeare earlier in manuscript form).
Phoebe, besotted with Rosalind dressed as Ganymede, says as an aside:
Dead shepherd, now I find thy saw of might:
'Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?'
Allusions to Marlowe, and quotations from his work, also appear in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado about Nothing and the Merry Wives of Windsor, among others.
Further information about the relationship between Marlowe's work and that of Shakespeare, and about the peculiar circumstances of Marlowe's death (leading some to think it was an assassination, and others to infer that the death was faked), can be found on the Marlowe Society's website here including the (translated) text of the Coroner's Inquisition here - a document not discovered until 1925.