The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0012 Monday, 3 January 2005
Date: Sunday, 2 Jan 2005 15:45:25 -0000
Subject: 16.0005 'The World of Christopher Marlowe'
Comment: Re: SHK 16.0005 'The World of Christopher Marlowe'
>Between 1547 and 1558, the English state religion changed three times,
>making Catholics and Protestants equal-opportunity victims. As for
>anyone suspected of atheism, the sin of sins, he would soon be racked
>with more than doubt, what with screws literally put on ...
This isn't exactly accurate. No atheists were executed by either the
Marian or Elizabethan regimes, whereas hundreds of Christians - Puritan
and Catholic - were sent to their death during these two reigns. We may
not know why Cecil's man Robert Poley killed Marlowe, but we can be sure
it wasn't for his religious views.
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