Master of Arts
Frank S. Hook
In establishing the extent and importance of Machiavelli's influence on Christopher Marlowe it is necessary to accept the fact that only credible deductions can be offered as evidence that Marlow came directly under the inspriation of Machiavelli's works. The attempt to establish a direct cause-effect relationship between Machiavelli's writings and subsequent political events or literary examples, is analogous to trying to pinpoint the exact measure of influence Sigmund Freud's theory of personality has wrought on our 20th century culture.
Schramm, Elaine A., "Machiavelli's influence on Christopher Marloe as revealed in the Tamburlaine plays" (1970). Theses and Dissertations. 3804.