Chief Lord and Regent of Perpetual Night

The quarrels and divisions about religion were evils unknown to the heathen. The reason was because the religion of the heathen consisted rather in rites and ceremonies than in any constant belief; for you may imagine what kind of faith theirs was when the chief doctors and fathers of their church were the poets.

—Francis Bacon, ‘Of unity in religion’

Monarch of hell, under whose black survey
Great potentates do kneel with awful fear,
Upon whose altars thousand souls do lie…

—Christopher Marlowe, The Tragicall History of D. Faustus

Science, Faustus, Grail, Dark Gods

“Ye holy priests of heavenly Mahomet
That, sacrificing, slice and cut your flesh,
Staining his altars with your purple blood;
Make Heaven to frown and every fixed star
To suck up poison from the moorish fens,
And pour it in this glorious tyrant’s throat!”

—Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine