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Christopher Marlowe's Poems Lesson Plan

About the Author

Christopher Marlowe was born in Canterbury, baptized February 26, 1564, the same year as William Shakespeare, in Elizabethan England. By age 29, Marlowe would make his mark with plays and poems that secure his place in literary history.

John and Catherine Marlowe sent their son to King’s School and then Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree on scholarship. His graduate academic studies came under question as the university did not want to issue Marlowe a Master’s degree if he planned to become an ordained Catholic Priest. Yet, intervention of the Privy Council prevailed, allowing Marlowe to graduate with his Master’s degree in Arts. The council...

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