6 November 1558: Thomas KYD

6 November 1558: Thomas KYD


Thomas Kyd was born in 1558, six years before Shakespeare and Marlowe. He was baptized in London, on  6 November 1558 and and buried on 15 August 1594.

His best-known work is The Spanish Tragedy, or Hieronimo is Mad Again, one of the most successful works of the Elizabethan era. It is  a  revenge tragedy and its plot contains several violent murders. Many elements of The Spanish Tragedy, such as the play-within-a-play,  appear in Shakespeare’s Hamlet .

Thomas Kyd is frequently proposed as the author of the hypothetical Ur-Hamlet that may have been one of Shakespeare’s primary sources. Even though no  surviving copy remains today,  the play was  performed in London:

it had a character named Hamlet and a ghost  that cried “Hamlet, revenge!”.

In addition, some scholars have even argued that he was the true writer of Shakespearean works such as King Lear and Titus Andronicus


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