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Posthumous Gentleman

Michael Dobson: Kit Marlowe’s Schooldays

19 August 2004
The World of Christopher Marlowe 
by David Riggs.
Faber, 411 pp., £25, May 2004, 0 571 22159 9
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Christopher Marlowe and Richard Baines: Journeys through the Elizabethan Underground 
by Roy Kendall.
Fairleigh Dickinson, 453 pp., $75, January 2004, 0 8386 3974 7
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Tamburlaine Must Die 
by Louise Welsh.
Canongate, 149 pp., £9.99, July 2004, 1 84195 532 9
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History Play: The Lives and Afterlife of Christopher Marlowe 
by Rodney Bolt.
HarperCollins, 388 pp., £17.99, July 2004, 0 00 712123 7
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... concerning which Riggs has little to add to the version of events offered by Nicholl and substantially supported by the most energetic contemporary investigator of Marlowe’s shadier connections, RoyKendall. But Riggs describes more fully and helpfully than any previous writer the intellectual milieux that formed Marlowe, first at the King’s School in Canterbury and then at Corpus Christi ...


John Lanchester

19 November 2019
... adult children, two boys and a girl, jockeying to succeed him as head of a huge media conglomerate. (Another adult child, a complete idiot, isn’t in contention.) For Murdoch’s News Corp, read Roy’s Waystar Royco. At the start of the first season, Kendall, the eldest of these children – arrogant, uneasy, entitled, anxious – launches a coup against the thuggish, manipulative paterfamilias ...

Scribblers and Assassins

Charles Nicholl: The Crimes of Thomas Drury

31 October 2002
... another side to his character. On 27 June 1580, Lord William Burgh filed a bill of complaint against ‘Thomas Drury, gentleman’, who is without a doubt our Drury. In this document, discovered by RoyKendall, Burgh alleges that Drury tried to swindle him to the considerable tune of £300. ‘Slyly and subtly creeping into the company and familiarity’ of Burgh’s sons, Drury at length ...
3 March 2016
... David Miliband nominated Diane Abbott as a candidate. In 2015 they hoped a left candidate would take away support from Andy Burnham, who was what passed for leftish, leaving the door open for Liz Kendall or Yvette Cooper. Enter Jeremy Corbyn stage left. He may not be a charismatic figure, but he could never be mistaken for a PR confection. I have shared numerous platforms with him over the past forty ...

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