1598 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Marlowe

Francis Meres, in Palladis Tamia (1598) fols 286v-287.



As Jodelle, a French tragical poet beeing an Epicure, and an Atheist, made a pitifull end: so our tragicall poet Marlow for his Epicurisme and Atheisme had a tragicall death; you may read of this Marlow more at large in the Theatre of Gods judgments, in the 25. chapter entreating of Epicures and Atheists.

As the poet Lycophron was shot to death by a certain rival of his: so Christopher Marlow was stabd to death by a bawdy Servingman, a rivall of his in his lewde love.