The Reckoning

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.

For the first time tracing Marlowe's shadowy political and intelligence dealings, Charles Nicholl uncovers critical new evidence about that fatal day. Also providing an enthralling revelation of the extraordinary underworld of Elizabethan crime and espionage, the 'secret theatre', Nicholl penetrates four centuries of obscurity to expose a complex and chilling story of entrapment and betrayal.


  • An absorbing detective story with many twists and dark secrets. It is a passionate tale that haunts the imagination
    Michael Sheldon, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year

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Charles Nicholl

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