The research behind the project seeks to place Marlowe’s work in the context of the circulation of European political ideas in England between ca. 1572 and 1593, the year of his death. Chiefly this means exploring the English transmission and reception of particular political texts.

The consequence, it hopes, will be a re-evaluation of Marlowe, as an international or European as well as English writer, and as a political thinker as well as a poet and dramatist. The project also seeks to shed light on what happens to ‘political thought’ in a theatrical (or performance) medium.

General Introduction: The Traffic in Ideas

A general overview of the project’s chief concerns and methodology.


4 sections devoted to different aspects of the project’s research.