Francis Bacon

Philosopher, lawyer, politician and concealed poet, Bacon was one of the last, and greatest, renaissance men.

Emblem & Cipher

A large part of Baconian literature is devoted to cipher, in which Bacon had a lifelong interest and expertise.

Shakespeare Authorship

Find out more about Francis Bacon's claim to the authorship of the plays commonly ascribed to Shakespeare.

The Society

Since 1886, the Society has engaged in a collective effort to understand the unique power and resonance of Elizabethan literature and life. In particular it has concentrated on the Shakespeare writings, and Bacon’s philosophy and public work. Fascinated by the relationship between the biographies and writings of other Elizabethans like John Dee, Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Philip Sidney, the Society is obliged to take the Shakespeare authorship question more seriously than those who limit themselves to a purely literary approach to the texts and history of the renaissance.

The Society continues to present original research and foster new Baconian approaches though its meetings. Baconians have also produced a wide range of books, some of which contain gems of amateur scholarship that need to be rescued and disseminated beyond their unorthodox context. Above all, the Society is itself a remarkable information resource, a repository of expertise, enthusiasm and initiative which welcomes the active participation of its members. Enquiries regarding joining the Society are always welcome.


For over a century, Baconian research has mainly been presented through the journal Baconiana. A unique publication, Baconiana has contained articles ranging from superb amateur scholarship to entertaining historical speculation. Any enthusiast of the English renaissance, and its European context, will be fascinated by the range of articles concerning such diverse subjects as Jacobean politics, secret religious societies, the history of cryptography, rare emblem books and Elizabethan London.