Bacon and Shakespeare

  • The Shakespearean Authorship Trust explores different arguments for the most prominent authorship candidates including Francis Bacon
  • The Shakespeare Authorship Coalition is dedicated to legitimising the Shakespeare authorship issue by increasing awareness of reasonable doubt about the identity of William Shakespeare
  • Lawrence Gerald’s features an enormous amount of Baconian information and opinion
  • The Francis Bacon Research Trust – lots of material from a contemporary esoteric perspective
  • Authorship Analysis Paul Dupuy Jr.’s elegantly presented pages
  • Manly P. Hall’s Secret Teachings of All Ages is available to read online, featuring a chapter on the Bacon/Shakespeare question and information on subjects such as the Qabbala, Alchemy, Tarot, Ceremonial Magic, Neo-Platonic Philosophy, Mystery Religions, and the theory of Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry.
  • Cryptographic Shakespeare -A monograph wherein the poems and plays attributed to William Shakespeare are proven to contain the enciphered name of Francis Bacon
  • The Hidden Chapter – Byrom Projects - Joy Hancox is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, London, and a member of R.I.L.K.O. (Research into Lost Knowledge Organisation). She is also an Associate Member of the Association of School and College Leaders. She gave up a successful career in Music, the Performing Arts and Schools Administration to concentrate on her research. Joy Hancox is the originator of the Byrom Projects research programme.
  • – extremely unusual site of interest to fans of numerological cipher and the authorship question
  • Bacon Is Shakespeare – a blog focusing on the authorship question.
  • - hosted by Rick Wagner, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason and a Frater of the AMORC Rosicrucian Order. Debunking the Stratfordian and Oxfordian arguments and making the Baconian case from a Masonic perspective.
  • Barry R Clarke is a scholar and researcher whose website contains among other things a PhD thesis about Francis Bacon’s possible contributions to three Shakespeare Plays.
  • Research Into Lost Knowledge Organisation (RILKO) “An organisation providing a platform for the dissemination of hidden knowledge incorporated in myth and legend, number and geometry, art and music, architectural proportion, megalithic structures and the geomantic layout of cities and landscape.”
  • Petter Amundsen is a Norweigan amateur historic cryptographer who has produced two books and five documentary films on the subjects of Francis Bacon, Shakespeare, and Oak Island.
  • The Anti-Machiavel, edited by Ryan Murtha, looks at the parallels in Shakespeare, Bacon, and Gentillet's Anti-Machiavel.
  • The Wikipedia page on the subject of the Authorship Question is a useful introduction to the topic, although content is generated and edited by the public so accuracy and sources are not always verified.


Primary texts

  • Project Gutenberg, the original comprehensive source of e-texts on the Internet
  • Hanover College contains another useful selection of early modern texts
  • Senate House Library, the main library of the University of London, is the home of the Durning-Lawrence library (bequeathed by the well-known Baconian Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence) and contains most of the Francis Bacon Society Library on deposit.
  • The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. contains ‘the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works’. As well as providing information about the library, Folger’s site also contains the HAMNET online catalog.
  • The Durning-Lawrence Library – This is the private collection of Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence (1837-1914), protagonist in the Bacon-Shakespeare authorship controversy. The library contains approximately 5,750 volumes. It is rich in early editions of works connected with Sir Francis Bacon: Bacon’s own writings, and obvious Baconiana (works about or mentioning Bacon).
  • The Huntingdon Library in California has an online catalogue of its titles, which includes many Baconian publications. Click the link above and search ‘Bacon’ or ‘Baconian’ for a list of titles.
  • The Oxford Francis Bacon project is currently compiling a new 15-volume critical edition of Bacon’s complete works. Six of the fifteen have been published so far.
  • contains a good listing of major Bacon works available. This site features an outstanding selection of renaissance and early modern texts, and contextual information.



  • Sarah Smith‘s collection of Shakespearean links, including the entire Shakespeare corpus online, from her website ‘Chasing Shakespeares’
  • No Sweat Shakespeare‘ provides various resources like plot summaries and essays on every Shakespeare play.