Marlowe, Christopher Timeline

Year Historical Literary Author
1564 Italian scientist Galileo born.
Death of Calvin and Michelangelo
Playwright Christopher Marlowe born 26 February in Canterbury, Kent
1565 Golding's translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses I-IV
1568 Flight of the Scottish queen Mary into England
1570 Excommunication of Elizabeth I
1572 St Bartholomew's Day massacre of Huguenots in France
1576 The Theatre - first purpose-built playhouse in London James Burbage builds first permanent English playhouse, The Theatre in London.
1577 Sir Francis Drake sails around the world. Holinshed publishes his Chronicles, the main source of Shakespeare's historical material.
1579 North's translation of Plutarch's Lives
Spenser's The Shepherd's Calendar
Marlowe attends King's School, Canterbury
1580 Enters Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
1581 Begins to engage in secret service for government
1583 Queen's Men acting company formed
1584 First English colony in America established by Sir Walter Raleigh at Roanoke Island, Virginia
1585 Awarded BA degree
1586 (Catholic) Mary Queen of Scots tried for treason against (Protestant) Queen Elizabeth of England. Sir Philip Sidney dies Writes Dido, Queen of Carthage, possibly with Thomas Nashe
1587 Mary Queen of Scots executed in England.
Pope proclaims crusade against England
Performances of Kyd's The Spanish Tradgedy
Rose Theatre built in London
Marlowe writes Tamburlaine
Awarded MA degree
Writes both parts of Tamburlaine, which are probably first performed this year
1588 Spanish Armada sent in retaliation of Mary Queen of Scots, defeated in battle. Lyly's Endymion Marlowe writes Dr Faustus
1589 Hakluyt's Voyages published Performance of Marlowe's The Jew of Malta
Briefly imprisoned for taking part in street fight in which a man dies
1590 Spenser's Faerie Queene (I-III) published
Sidney's Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia
Tamburlaine published
1591 Increasing persecution of Catholics Kyd writes The Spanish Tragedy, thought to have a strong influence on Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Sidney's Astrophil and Stella
1592 Performances of Marlowe's Dr Faustus
Arrested in Netherlands for counterfeiting money
1593 Theatres closed because of plague Death of Marlowe in a tavern brawl in Deptford, London, aged 29
'Dutch libel' uncovered. Interrogated by Privy Council
Baines letter attacking Marlowe for blasphemy delivered
Writes Hero and Leander
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