Author(s): Charles Nicholl
In 1593 the controversial young playwright Christopher Marlowe was stabbed to death in a Deptford lodging-house. The circumstances were shady, and the official account - a violent quarrel over a bill - has long been questioned. This is a story of the Elizabethan underworld.
Charles Nicholl has written two 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. His work has appeared in Granta, Rolling Stone and the Independent.