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Chris Stanley from Florida USA sent us a poem
Shake the spear
And what falls out
A lot of mystery
And much doubt
Who wrote those plays
Along Ley lines
The truth is hidden
With heavy fines
Pull back the curtain
See the hand
A genius headed
To new land
A mind so deep
As yet un-probed
Of royal purple
Laced with gold
No tale could ever
The truth of all
That’s left behind
Some plays and many
New used words
That cut the heart
Like sweet song birds
With many tales
All based on truth
Of which remains
Some clever proof
From who’s scriptorium
Words and worlds did flow
To fill the Isle with mistletoe
That all be equal
The sum and
To speak one language
From the start
With notebooks filled and piled high
New words and questions
Julie Kemp from Queensland Australia sent in a book review
Book review of ‘Shakespeare’s Revelation: His Hidden Key to Spiritual Fulfilment’
by Paul Hunting
TrueSelf Publishing, Gloucestershire, England, 2016.
Note: At time of writing this I gather Mr Hunting is a proto-Baconian: ie., he leans in our direction!
Paul Hunting has written an easily engaging, incisively and widely drawn compact work. He clearly and convincingly shows that Shakespeare is not only the literary master of world literature, but was and is ‘now’, a spiritual teacher of eternal value and relevance.
By examining characters in the Plays, namely, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, Henry V, Richard II, King Lear, The Tempest and The Merchant of Venice, Mr Hunting convincingly clarifies his thesis by saying that “Shakespeare [who] writes on so many levels simultaneously, with different threads and trains of thought” clearly pre-figures the limits of modern science, and reassures us about our dispensing with the need to have a dualistic, i.e. ‘good’ and ‘bad’ model for our thinking about the ‘meaning of life’ on Earth.
As a Baconian I find that this work is one that will enable a fuller reading and appreciation of Lord Francis Bacon, Viscount Verulam of St Alban. It will take the reader beyond the lovely and magnificent forms of Shakespearian and Baconian language and allow the reader to integrate their own personal wisdom with that of the Master. He will instruct and confirm them in their own space-time reality of this world pointing them to an even truer and more real, indestructible Reality.
The author is well conversant with the inner world and force of human psychology. He writes “Shakespeare’s symbolism for that which humanity lost is
“the tempest.” (Author’s italics) Mr Hunting’s says his favourite play is ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and explains that Shakespeare’s oft used dynamic of the ‘trinity’ aligning “Portia’s three caskets” to the “3-Selves model of human consciousness” firmly links all time into the ever-present ‘now’ for each of us.
Mr Hunting’s book is important for the ‘getting of wisdom’, the relief of this-worldly angst, and for revealing so clearly and poignantly the majesty of our own travels with Shakespeare.
Esther Jantzen From California, USA has been busy
Esther to Susan FBS
Latest Society Talk
Pinned post 06/12/17
The Society met on Friday 24th November to resume the discussion of The Advancement of Learning that was begun at the August meeting, and to hear a talk by author Guy Patton on Poussin’s Arcadian Vision: The search for the Golden Age.
Following the discovery of a unique geometry at the heart of the sub-structure of his masterpiece Les Bergers d’Arcadie, research revealed that the 17th century French artist, Nicolas Poussin, was closely affiliated to a European wide network of enlightened intellectuals of which the English statesman, Sir Francis Bacon was a major figure. Bacon is considered to have had a significant influence on the development of what can be termed Rosicrucian philosophy, shared by many of his intellectual peers. Despite some variation in approach and belief, they shared in a noble, but at that time heretical, quest typified by Bacon’s utopian vision presented in his book, New Atlantis.
This was nothing less than the restoration of the mythical Golden Age through scientific discovery, personal spiritual enlightenment and social reform. Detailed research suggests that Poussin, well known to these intellectual circles, shared this vision and attempted to provide visual support and a means of covert, sophisticated communication through his art.
Tour of Venice
Members may be interested in an upcoming tour of Venice led by the Francis Bacon Research Trust.
A Gateway to Renaissance
Enter into the beauty, secrets and art of Shakespeare and the Renaissance
7th-14th April 2018
Click for details
Photos from Down Under
Thanks to an Australian member who sent us these snaps from Australia and Hong Kong!
Antique books and the K cipher
We have been offered some antique books and some boxes containing papers of research into the K cipher:
Hello, my mum has 3 books on Bacon. Her mother spent years trying to prove there was a K cypher in there. Do you guys have any interest in the books?
The Woodward family played a very active part in the Society, and so we were able to respond in great detail, and with quoted written work, to a request from the Netherlands. But the poor enquirer writes
Actually you have answered my questions in full with two pages by Mr. Sidney Woodward. And as a direct result I can dismiss most of my assumptions on the discovery of Kay cipher as unfounded. Which, of course, was the purpose of this request for information. The next step is to figure out how to put this new evidence to use. Which is going to take time, and, with my current design in ruins, to an uncertain outcome. But that is the fun of research. I’ll let you know whether or not I am going to pursue this lead.
We haven’t heard again.
If you are interested in the books or the papers, please contact the owner direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bacon and Machiavelli
Thank you to those who have sent suggestions for our HG Wells enquirer in response to our previous email. We have another enquiry from an author and keen student of Bacon and Machiavelli who is looking for assistance with a new book:
I wonder if you’d like to help me with a project. I’m going through Montaigne’s essays, and there are lots of passages that parallel Shakespeare, Bacon, the Antimachaivel, The French Academy, A World of Wonders, etc.
So I’m starting a book, Early Modern Philosophy 1575-1700: Moral, Political, Mystical. It will cover all these books I’ve been working on, plus some material yet to be assimilated, plus my research on alchemy texts (amounting to quite a bit of original material). I need assistants to help with the laborious task of reading The French Academy, Montaigne, the Anti-Mach, A World of Wonders, The Anatomy of the Mind, and a few other books, pulling out parallel passages. This will amount to a decent second-hand classical education, from no less than Shakespeare himself. I will send Word files that can be searched. I’m attaching some of the stuff I’ve pulled out, there’s much more I have, and much more to be found. This will be a great book. I also need someone fluent in Latin to help with passages Google Translate can’t handle.
Please email the Society if you might be able to help.
Bacon and HG Wells
We received this enquiry from a university Comparative Literature student. We haven’t been able to find anything in past Baconianas, and would be grateful for any help or opinions with which we may respond to the enquirer:
For research purposes, I’d appreciate any information about the society’s past publications: are there any articles on the influence of Sir Francis Bacon’s influence on the work of H.G.Wells? any detailed information would be appreciated.
The enquirer was grateful for these helpful responses provided by our members:
The only thing I can find is from this book: written in 2000: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13698230008403319?journalCode=fcri20
I’m sure this book will be a goldmine of synergies…
I found that https:mongrelcitizen.wordpress.com on the web gave a broad reference to Sir Francis Bacon and H G Wells, with regard to The New Atlantis and The Island of Dr Moreau.
Thank you to those members who were able to help our enquirer.
In November we heard from this Californian high school student who wrote to us for help with a school debate:
To whom it may concern:
I am a student at Heritage High School. One in my classes, literary analysis is hosting a debate about the authorship of William Shakespeare. I am representing the anti-strafordians and need some help on Sir Francis Bacon, I want to make sure I represent him accurately. Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day.
We gave him some information and directed him to some useful websites and he wrote to us with the result:
Good Evening Bacon Society,
Updates on the debate, stratfordians won, because they argued Shakespeare wrote the plays because there was flaws in them (Durant, Will and Ariel). Thank you for your advice. But the debate score was Anti-Strats 37 and Strats 37.5
They may have lost by a whisker but we call nearly half a house converted to the anti-Stratfordian cause a success!
On another occasion we helped a student from Vienna:
Hi, I am a student from Vienna, Austria. I have to write a scientific essay for school and I am writing about the authorship question, including different candidates. I am writing to you since I have difficulies researching good arguments, pro and con, for Francis Bacon. That is why I would like to ask if you could give me good arguments, which I can use in my essay.
Our response seems to have helped:
Thank you so much for answering, my essay is due in february. The Information you gave me was extremly useful, thanks to you I could finally finish this chapter.
Again thank you so much for your help.
However sometimes we get the feeling they want us to do their homework for them…!
I would like to get certain articles on Francis Bacon as I have selected the topic for my dissertation writing that is Biblical references in Francis Bacon’s Essays.
Could you help me by sending congenial matters for this above topic.
Introduction on my topic. I need to proof why and what purpose Bacon has incorporated Biblical allusions in his essays. Was he a believer of Bible?
Being an ambitious, knowledgeable and fully taken up with worldly affairs how could be using Biblical allusions. The fact that he has added biblical references in his essays. Did he write the Bible.St James?
I would be ever grateful if you could kindly help me with it’
In order to help we really needed to ascertain the level of scholarship and what if any research had been done.
Thank you for your enquiry. Could you please let us have some information as to your background, and to which educational body your dissertation will be submitted.
The first thing to do is to read some of the essays, preferably using an edition that has notes explaining references and where words have changed in meaning over the last 400 years. The Oxford World’s Classics edition of Francis Bacon The Major Works , edited by Brian Vickers is excellent. But perhaps you are reading in translation.
We recommend you look at the essays: Of Truth, Of Goodness and Of Atheism. For biblical references you can scan the essays in general looking for Salomon, St Paul, the Old Testament and New Testament and Job. Bacon was a very spiritual man, with a lifelong commitment to alleviate the miseries of mankind. We would very much like to hear from you to see how you are progressing and may be able to help you further.
No response so far…
The Northumberland Manuscript
We received this email from a supporter of the Society:
It would seem to me, having just recently seen a facsimile of the Northumberland Manuscript, that the Francis Bacon IS William Shakespeare question is settled. If so, where is the party ? If not, why not ? The document just oozes calm, innocent and intimate proof.
This (apparent) writing practice sheet by Bacon “scribes” is so appealing for its simplicity and insight into a (most likely) commoner’s contact with an elite nobleman and his most amazing work and life.
This whole subject has resided with me for less than a few months and I am completely drawn into it. Marlowe, DeVere and so on all have interesting strings connecting to the WS work, but the Bacon evidence has quite settled it for me. I do think all the best playwrights would have known this and would also have been part of the WS production club.
Our Chairman Susan McIlroy responded thus:
Thank you for your enthusiastic email.
The Society first published an article about the Northumberland Manuscript in 1898, followed by several more over the years. Indeed we and others have produced a mass of scholarly information and evidence regarding the probable authorship of the Shakespeare works by Bacon and his pens, ever since.
At a recent conference of the Shakespeare Authorship Trust the proponent for Henry Neville contested that the Northumberland Manuscript could be Neville, not Bacon, because Neville’s name appears on it once.
It would appear that wilful blindness is a more comfortable place for academics, and the Shaksper industry to reside. Sometimes the truth is too frightening to face.
Please carry on the good work.
With all good wishes
Free but Forgotten
This article from the Big Issue discusses the presence of Africans in Tudor England:
Mark Finnan in Colonial Williamsburg
Mark Finnan has sent us some pictures from his visit to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, USA.
While on my visit to Colonial Williamsburg in October as part of my research for an extended article on the influence of Francis Bacon and Masonry on early America for a magazine here, I also did some research into early theatre activity in Colonial Williamsburg. It was at the current Library Theatre that the play ‘I, Prince Tudor, Wrote Shakespeare’, in which I took part, was performed some years ago.
Bacon Shake-Spear poem
A new member, a retired career counsellor from Florida, wrote to us to introduce herself and to share her poems with us:
Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents
The BBC recently aired a new series called Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents. The documentary series features Francis Bacon’s uncle and cousin, William and Robert Cecil, and the spy master Francis Walsingham, for whom his brother Anthony worked. You can watch the series online here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09c6q1w
Manly P. Hall Lecture video
A member has kindly drawn our attention to a recording available on YouTube which might interest you. It is a recording of a Manly P. Hall lecture on The New Atlantis, from his book Landmarks of Esoteric Literature.
Peter Dawkins’ talks
Two members kindly wrote in to praise Peter Dawkins’ wonderful ‘twin’ talks on the ‘twin’ Shakespeare monuments at Wilton House and Westminster Abbey
Over the last few days I finally made the time to watch Part 1 and Part 2 of Peter Dawkins’ talks on the twin Shakespeare Memorials. I loved the talks! And I took copious notes and screen shots. Thank you so much for having them videoed and for making them available on youtube.com. I noted that Peter offered to do a talk on the Great Instauration, and I, for one, would certainly like that (though I must confess I don’t know what it is—yet).
I see from the Wilton House website that the house is open to the public from late April to end of August, and the grounds until Sept 17. Hmm. I wonder if they’re open to bribes from American tourists who’d like to see the house in September?:-) It would be great to see the Dark Twin, though the Dawkins talk certainly gave me such a complete picture of it, that I expect I can live without seeing the original.
Thank you for the work you do in behalf of those of us who appreciate Sir Francis!
Our second member wrote in to say this:
Have just watched first talk by Mr. Dawkins, the Dark Twin, and must thank you for such insightful talks. I look forward to viewing more from your source. As I commented after vid, M’Ld.BACON IS MY HERO. I never cease to be amazed at the sagacious insight in his writings, both under his own name and under the many pseudonyms he used. I have long believed him to be the true Shakespeare, with this caveat: that Shakespeare was in fact the combined work of Francis and his brother Anthony. By the dedication of the folio to”the incomparable Brethren”, the brothers Pembroke, I sensed an analogy to the true authors being cryptically given” to those who have eyes to see”. This would help explain also the massive number of new words bequeathed to the english nation, if we accept two geniuses at work under one name. There are many more clues of all types in the work itself.
I think the popular author Daphne de Maurier, had come to this same conclusion late in life, hence her final two books being one about Anthony Bacon, tother about Francis. These books are full of Shakespeare quotes and references, but she would never openly acknowledge such as she was too entrenched in the Uni\Academic world to risk her reputation. She was well aware of the contempt that the schoolmen have for such thinking. I myself experienced this contempt first hand during my Sydney University days as a “mature age “student. But my studies of Elizabethan English literature were all done previously, outside of the system of the shoolmen ( or should I say shoolboys?).
I look forward to further correspondence with your society, as I have only recently acquired a computer and discovered the online world. Being a musician, I had a strong Luddite streak when it came to certain technologies, and so spent my life without any form of “social media” as they say. But I must admit I am enjoying the amazing access to great vids, films, etc, that would never make their way onto TV or mass media.
Looks like we have another authorship contender on our hands!
Large library of Bacon-Shakespeare books for sale
We have been contacted by
Todd has recently acquired a large and important collection of about 700 titles, a few from the 17th & 18th centuries but most late 19th & early 20th century. There will be no catalogue, but a list, a brief summary. It will go on to eBay shortly, prices will be reasonable. Todd writes:
Besides a few original manuscripts (modern), the rarest book is The Perfect Picture of a Favourite: or, Secret Memoirs of Robert Dudley, 3rd ed., 1711 (in cont paneled calf). WorldCat records 16 copies of all editions, yet strangely none seem to have been reprinted?
Delia Bacon’s The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded (Boston 1857, original cloth binding), of which there are basically no copies online yet it has been reprinted many times. A number of the early books have interesting contemporary ownership signatures.
We are looking to sell quickly.
We alerted members to a live screening of an operatic production of Hamlet by Glyndebourne Opera in July. One member shared some interesting thoughts about the play:
The play, in my view, is a demonstration by the playwright of the need to be careful as to the nature of the spirit(s) one listens to. This was a theological current and the existence of spirits a commonly accepted factor in Bacon’s time. St Paul’
Does one seek to understand and forgive, or does one seek revenge.
The revenge seeking ghost of Hamlet’s father set Hamlet, already in a disturbed state of mind, on a course that could only end in tragedy.
On 1st June at the College of Psychic Studies, FBS members enjoyed a Conversazione with Michael Taylor, author of Master of the Rose, who had flown all the way from New Zealand to run the session. The workshop was a lively, interactive conversation about the relevance of Bacon’s ideas for modern times.
We would like to send our warmest thanks to Michael for coming such a long way to talk to us, and thanks also to the attendees of the meeting for their interesting contributions to the discussion.
One member commented:
Thanks so much for this email and its attachments – i think i agree with it all, or at least like its thrust!
Being more amenable to psychological encountering i think is the core activity for all. I kinda ache for the ‘truth’ of the Elizabethan cosmology/world to come to light and just what drove such to be such! I want Francis/William to be discovered in the light of who he was and who he was!
Can you help?
We received a plea for help from a Mr Ray, who is in search of a particular anti-Stratfordian poem. If you recognise it, please email the Society or Mr Ray direct.
This may be a long shot, but are you familiar with the satirical poem, a ditty about the absurdities of the Stratford Shakespeare biography, ending with the phrase, If ye would seek to be the Bard, hoarding grain and drinking hard, or some such?
I read it in the past but cannot locate the verse
Princes William and Harry and Francis Bacon on Mental Health
The UK press has been full of Harry and William’s thoughts on the need to talk openly about mental health issues. What guidance can Francis Bacon offer? Do read the two essays below in full if you can. Bacon’s wisdom is as relevant today as it was all those years ago.
Essay Of Friendship
A principal fruit of friendship is the ease and discharge of the fullness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce. We know diseases of stoppings and suffocations are the most dangerous in the body and it is not much otherwise in the mind… but no receipt openeth the heart, but a true friend; to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes, suspicions, counsels, and whatsoever lieth upon the heart to oppress it…
This communicating of a man’s self to his friend… redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in halfs… the fruits of friendship is healthful and sovereign (remedial).
…from storms and tempests it maketh daylight in the understanding..
..he waxeth wiser..more by an hour’s discourse than by a day’s meditation.
Essay Of Counsel
The wisest princes need not think it any diminution to their greatness, or derogation to their sufficiency, to rely upon counsel.
God himself… hath made it one of the names of his Son; The Counsellor. Salomon hath pronounced that ‘in counsel is stability’. Things will have their first or second agitation: if they be not tossed on the arguments of counsel, they will be tossed upon the waves of fortune; and be full of inconstancy, doing and undoing, like the reeling of a drunken man.
Some responses from our members:
How true how true – How so very very true. !!
I am a very new member yet ardent fan and proponent of Lord Francis Bacon.
One of my first several books purchased this year re Lord Francis was His Essays. I have read many and delight and have comfort in His ‘majesty’.
As an ardent monarchist [in principle] and a former RN in mental health i was aghast at just how the ‘royals’ so often don’t get it ‘right’ in their lives. I still expect that such personages at the acme of the social ladder ought to know a ‘thing or two’ – or, if not themselves then surely their equerries and/or other senior close support staff or wider family! When Diana died i would have thought that someone (!) in their orbit would have ventured to organise ‘counselling’, or better, for those two lovely young boys especially. Family, whilst vital, is not always the best help at certain times of shock and horror. But of course i was pleased that Prince Harry ‘outed’. I had often thought that his extreme sociallising and womanising was a sign of his deeper psychic distress and irresolution.
I just saw a recent natural birthday photo of Princess Charlotte on a news program – she looks, and surely is, a darling!
I am keeping a lookout for any ‘royal’ aside or bon mot re their ‘take’ on The Francis Bacon Society or the most honorable Man Himself!!
Our new website
We have had great feedback from members about our redesigned website
Thanks for the notice email.
Great to learn and see of this new site. Am glad it is ‘fresh’ and to ‘grow’.
I hope that it will bring in more seekers of ‘truth’ and rigour in learning about that most excellent Englishman, Lord Francis Bacon.
Lovely website. Congratulations! And many thanks for providing this for the world. All best wishes to all website designers, writers and contributors, and to all Baconians.
Look out for more updates to come in 2018.
Comyns Beaumont’s dust jacket
We received a request from two of the grandsons of Mr Comyns Beaumont. Mr Beaumont, national newspaper journalist and former editor of Baconiana, was the maternal uncle of Daphne du Maurier, who as Lady Browning had been a vice president of FBS. Mr Beaumont is the author of The Private Life of the Virgin Queen, published 1947, in which he puts forward the view that Francis Bacon and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, were sons of the Queen and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.
One grandson, based in the USA wrote this:
My book is intended mainly for student study at the Daphne du Maurier archives of Exeter University. I already have a fair dust-jacket – about 80% entire. We only want to borrow a perfect one in order to replicate it for the re-edition paperback cover.
We were unable to help him find an original dust jacket. However were able to give the British grandson permission to use the image of the cover of the 1945 Baconiana, to illustrate the section of his book on the Francis Bacon Society and the journal’s former editor Comyns Beaumont.