Thomas Kyd

Thomas Kyd

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 13 Aug 1594 (aged 35)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial London, City of London, Greater London, England
Plot Church destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666, not rebuilt
Memorial ID 9038997 · View Source
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Playwright. His "The Spanish Tragedy" (1589) was the most popular and influential play of the Elizabethan era. He is believed to have written an early version of "Hamlet" (now lost), which was the basis for Shakespeare's later tragedy. The only other surviving play by Kyd is "Cornelia" (1594), a translation of a French drama. In May of 1593 the London Star Chamber arrested and tortured him for posession of heretical papers; he insisted the papers belonged to fellow playwright Christopher Marlowe, with whom he had once shared rooms. Marlowe was killed in a tavern fight at the end of May and charges against Kyd were dropped. His health broken by his imprisonment, he died impoverished the following year.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 4 Jul 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 9038997
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Kyd (6 Nov 1558–13 Aug 1594), Find a Grave Memorial no. 9038997, citing St Mary Colechurch (Defunct), London, City of London, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .