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The Walsingham Tomb. Spymaster to Queen Elizabeth I. Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare conspiracy. Chislehurst | by John K Thorne
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The Walsingham Tomb. Spymaster to Queen Elizabeth I. Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare conspiracy. Chislehurst

The Walsingham Tomb, in the northeast corner of the chapel, has front panels of intricately carved ‘decorated’ work, perhaps reused from an older tomb in the earlier church. The Renaissance tablets commemorate Sir Edmund Walsingham, Lieutenant of the Tower of London in Henry VIII’s reign, and Thomas Walsingham, spymaster to Queen Elizabeth. Thomas Walsingham was patron of the playwright Christopher Marlowe. The American Calvin Hoffman twice instigated investigations of the tomb and vaults in a search for a clue which connect Marlowe with the works attributed to William Shakespeare! At the time of the second of these investigations, the effigy of Earl Sydney, who died in 1890, was relocated to the north wall of the chapel and the chapel was refurnished as a place for private prayer.

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Uploaded on August 25, 2021