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The Reckoning
  • Published: 2 December 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099437475
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $27.99
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The Reckoning

The Murder of Christopher Marlowe



In 1593, the brilliant and controversial young playwright Christopher Marlowe was stabbed to death in a Deptford lodging house. The circumstances were shady, the official account - a violent quarrel over the bill, or recknynge' - long regarded as dubious.

The Reckoning is the first full-length investigation of the killing, tracing Marlowe's shadowy political dealings, his involvement in covert intelligence work, and the charges of heresy and homosexuality against him. Critical new evidence is uncovered about his three companions on that last day in Deptford, and about the sinister role of the informer Richard Baines. But more than that, The Reckoning is an enthralling revelation of the whole extraordinary underworld of Elizabethan crime and espionage, a 'secret theatre' in which nearly every historical figure familiar to us, from hack poet to queen's high minister, seems to have played a part. Here, in a tour-de-force of precise scholarship and dazzling ingenuity, Charles Nicholl penetrates four centuries of obscurity to expose not only a complex and unsettling story of entrapment and betrayal, chimerical plots and sordid felonics, but also a fascinating vision of the underside of an entire culture.

  • Published: 2 December 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099437475
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $27.99
Categories:

About the author

Charles Nicholl

Charles Nicholl has written travel books, The Fruit Palace and Borderlines; a study of Elizabethan alchemy, The Chemical Theatre, and a biography of the pamphleteer Thomas Nashe, A Cup of News. He has also written a reconstruction of Sir Walter Raleigh's search for El Dorado, The Creature in the Map, and Somebody Else, which won the 1998 Hawthornden Prize and a biography of Christopher Marlowe, The Reckoning.

Charles Nicholl is the author of nine books of history, biography and travel, including the celebrated The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe (winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Biography, and the Crime Writers' Association 'Gold Dagger' Award for non-fiction), Somebody Else: Arthur Rimbaud in Africa (winner of the Hawthornden Prize), The Fruit Palace and The Creature in the Map. He has presented two documentaries for British television, and has lectured in Britain, Italy and the United States. He lives in Italy with his wife and children.

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Praise for The Reckoning

This book blows open the world of Elizabethan espionage, and presents the most comprehensive case yet for disbelieving the official inquest

Independent

enthralling investigation of the murder... A fascinating work of historical detection

Sunday Tribune

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