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One of these attacks carried the signature of Tamburlaine. The authorities investigated a rumour that Thomas Kyd was involved. His rooms were searched on 12 May. He was taken to Bridewell when an unorthodox religious tract was discovered. He was probably tortured on the rack, which was another stage on which the conflict between the classical and grotesque body was acted out. Those who held grotesque opinions were given bodies to match. Kyd never recovered from this ordeal and died at the end of the following year.
Babington, Titchbourne and some of the other conspirators flaunted both themselves and their plans in the streets and taverns around the Inns of Court. It may, paradoxically, have been their desire to display themselves so openly that allowed Walsingham to produce the script in which they were cast as characters who huddled up high treason. 1 I will have a bout with thee Marlowe was still at university in 1586 and played no part in the drama of the Babington conspiracy. He may, however, have already been recruited to the secret service by this time to practise against Catholics in Cambridge.
20 Christopher Marlowe intentions with the outward show of a loyal courtier. The assassination was eventually planned, or imagined, to be undertaken by six men. Regicide obviously involved the ultimate violation of Elizabeth's natural body. It was also an assault on her other, or ceremonial, body. This second body incarnated the spiritual essence of monarchy and was technically immune from destruction. This meant, nevertheless, that the regicide struck a blow against the country's past and future as well as against its present.
Christopher Marlowe by Roger Sales (auth.)