The Shakespeare Controversy
LeAnn Marie Husted
Did Shakespeare actually write his plays?
The Oxfordian Theory
Marlowe was born in England in 1564, and had a literary career of less than 6 years. Marlowe was murdered in 1593 by Ingram Frizer. Conspiracy theories have abounded since, with Marlowe's atheism and alleged spy activities at the heart of the murder plots, but the real reason for Marlowe's death is still debated. What is not debated is Marlowe's literary importance, as he is Shakespeare's most important predecessor and is second only to Shakespeare himself in the realm of Elizabethan tragic drama.