Renaissance poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe was baptized on February 26th, 1564. Just two months later, his fellow playwright William Shakespeare was born.
Marlowe’s work is often overshadowed by the more well-known Shakespeare, but his work is certainly no less interesting or influential. He is as well known for his blank verse and overbearing protagonists, as he is for his untimely death in 1593. Marlowe’s most famous plays include Dr. Faustus and The Jew of Malta.