The Reckoning. The Murder Of Christopher Marlowe..
Bound in original blue cloth, gilt in pictorial dust wrapper. A very good copy. Bookplate.
FIRST EDITION. Large 8vo. 6.5 x 9.5 inches. xiv + 413 pp.
Illustrated by colour portrait frontispiece and 16 pages of black and white plates. Map endpapers.
Acclaimed account of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the stabbing of the playwright Christopher Marlowe in a Deptford lodging-house ostensibly in a violent quarrel over the bill, or 'recknynge.' The book traces Marlowe's political dealings, his involvement in covert intelligence work and the role of his three companions. It also penetrates the whole extraordinary underworld of Elizabethan crime and espionage.
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