It may at first seem odd to include in a topic dedicated to the history of the Rule of Law the arrest of an obscure Elizabethan playwright on a charge of libel. However, there is much more to the story than that. First, though obscure, Kyd is considered by scholars to be one of the most important figures in the development of Elizabethan drama. An intimate of Christopher Marlow, Kyd is thought to be the author of the Ur-Hamlet, the term used to describe a play, now lost, that appeared several years before Shakespeare's Hamlet. Likewise, he is thought to have been the author of King Leir, which preceded Shakespeare's King Lear by almost a decade. Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy is considered to be on par with the other great works of the age.
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