Posted on February 8, 2022 at 9:55 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When we read our daily today-in-history roundup and saw that Mary, Queen of Scots, died on this day in 1587, we didn't think of it as literary adjacent at first glance.

But then we found CrimeReads's exploration of the murder of Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe.

The connection? Marlowe grew up during what Alan Judd describes as a "religious Cold War," in which the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I was fending off threats from Catholic rulers who wanted to return England to the their religious fold.

Mary, Queen of Scots, was a Catholic — and in the eyes of many, either the logical heir to England's throne or the rightful current possessor of it.

CrimeReads, of course, covers this in its look at the conspiracy theories about and eventual discovery of who killed Marlowe.

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