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3 September – Robert Greene and the Upstart Crow, William Shakespeare

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd September 1592, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Elizabethan writer and playwright Robert Greene died in London.

Greene was a prolific writer, but he is best known for a pamphlet "Greene's Groats-worth of Wit bought with a Million of Repentance" which it was claimed he wrote on his deathbed. It is an important work because it is the first known contemporary reference to William Shakespeare as a playwright, although the reference to Shakespeare is actually an attack on the actor/playwright, who Greene saw as an "upstart crow".

Find out more about the pamphlet and why Greene, or whoever wrote it, launched an attack of the Bard, in today's talk:

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