for the first time a report on Marlowe‘s death!:
»Not inferior to any of the former in Atheisme & impiety, and equall to all in maner of punishment was one of our own nation, of fresh and late memory, called Marlin, by profession a scholar, brought up from his youth in the Universitie of Cambridge, but by practice a play-maker, and a Poet of Scurrilitie, who by giving too large a swinge to his own wit, and suffering his lust to have the full raines, fell (not without just desert) to that outrage and extremitie, that he denied God and his sonne Christ, and not only in word blasphemed the Trinitie, but also (as is credibly reported) wrote books against it, affirming our Savior to be but a deceiver, and Moses to be but a conjurer and seducer of the people, and the holy Bible to be but vain and idle stories, and all religion but a device of policie. But see what a hooke the Lord put in the nostrils of this barking dogge: It so fell out, that in London streets [erased in the Edition 1612) as he purposed to stab one whome hee ought a grudge unto with his dagger; the other party perceiving so avoided the stroke, that withall catching hold of his wrist, he stabbed his own dagger into his own head, in such sort, that notwithstanding all the means of surgery that could be wrought, he shortly died thereof.«
There is hardly ever taken into account that Thomas Beard explicitly concluded his reflections (Booke 1 Chap. XXV. Of Epicures, and Atheists. ) on Marlowe by referring to the loss of its identity:
That the most often quoted very first mentioning by Thomas Beard of Marlowes name, character and his bizarre self killing completely neglects the remarkable information that Marlowe didn't dye but was alive but amongst men of greatest name quite extinguished , tooted out, or at least smothered and kept under, that he was not allowed [durst not] to shew it head anymore in the worlds eye .
This should make all of us think about who Thomas Beard may have been and how he may have known of an enforced anonymity of a killed, but "yet living" Marlowe“