Francis Bacon (1561-1626) “took all knowledge to be his province.” An equal breadth of interest has characterised the Francis Bacon Society, a unique literary association with more than a century’s experience of interdisciplinary Renaissance studies. Bacon was a many-sided genius who has influenced scientists, poets and statesmen, has been studied from orthodox and unorthodox perspectives, and has attracted widely diverging interpretations.
The Society is best known for its championing of the Shakespeare authorship question, and this remains of great interest. However, its expertise encompasses Elizabethan history, philosophy, cryptography and much else. Above all, Bacon’s philosophy and the Shakespeare plays have provided inspiration for imaginative yet scholarly research, and the ongoing vitality of the Society testifies to the fruitfulness of this approach.
- 1st July 2015 Colum Hayward gave a talk to the society entitled ‘The Novum Organum and Advancement of Learning as the Foundation of English Critical Thought in the 17th Century’ at Canonbury Tower, London. The talk investigated the way Baconian thought continued into the seventeenth century and its association with Platonism, while unscrambling a group of Oxford-based ‘Baconians’ who set about to ‘examine and refine’ the ‘grosser propositions’ of contemporary thought. The society hopes to have a video of this talk available soon. Details of the talk can be found here.
- Thursday 26th March 2015 Simon Miles gave a talk to the Society entitled ‘”When Shall We Laugh, Say When?’’ Francis Bacon and The Merchant of Venice’, exploring the Baconian evidence coded into The Merchant of Venice. The Society hopes to have a video recording of this talk available soon, and details of the talk can be found here.
- January 2015 A new book written by Alexander Waugh about the authorship question has been published as an E-book. Shakespeare in Court is written in ‘mock-trial’ format, and throws more doubt upon the idea that the Stratford man could be the author of the Shakespeare plays. It was covered in Newsweek and the Daily Express, and is available from the Amazon Kindle store here.
- Thursday 4th December 2014 Baconiana editor Dave Patrick gave a talk entitled ‘The Quest for Bruton Vault: A 21st Century Odyssey’, about his research on Bruton Vault in Williamsburg, Virginia. Click here for details.
- December 2014 The Francis Bacon Society been granted access to Barry Clarke’s newly completed PhD thesis concerning the Shakespeare authorship question. As contributor to the funding, the FBS is among the very first institutions to see the research. Barry examines Love’s Labours Lost, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, and Bacon’s works from the EEBO database, using RCP (Rare Collation Profiling) method, to run rare phrase tests thereby presenting a very strong case for Baconian authorship. To view this significant new research and in-depth analysis of the authorship question click here.
- November 2014 A 1740 edition of Bacon’s Complete Works, once belonging to the eminent Baconian authorship scholar Alfred Dodd, has been handed over to the society by Dodd’s family. The books were transferred to Senate House Library by members of the society, where they will be kept with the rest of the society’s collection. The books are available for members’ reference by appointment with Senate House Library. Click here to view pictures of the books and the handover.
- October 2014 The poet David Morphet has released a new collection of poetry, which includes poems inspired by Sir Francis Bacon. The book is available to buy via Notion books, and all details about the book and purchasing it can be found here.
- Tuesday 16th September 2014 The Annual General Meeting of the Francis Bacon Society took place at the College of Psychic Studies, London. This was followed by a talk for members of the society by Simon Bentley, the Principal of the White Eagle School of Astrology, entitled, ‘Starring Sir Francis Bacon: A closer look at Sir Francis Bacon through the medium of his horoscope’. For details, click here.
- September 2014 The Francis Bacon Society is now on Wikipedia. Details of the Francis Bacon Society, as well as an account of Baconian research into the authorship question, can now be found on the Wikipedia page entitled ‘Baconian Theory of Shakespeare Authorship‘.
- June 2014 A depiction of Sir Francis Bacon has been painted on the railway bridge next to the city station in St Albans, where Bacon spent a large portion of his life. This mural depicts a timeline of historical figures and events from the town’s Roman foundation to the present day. To see a picture, click here, and to read about the mural click here.
- June 2014 The new edition of Baconiana (Vol. 1 No. 5), edited by our newBaconiana editor Dave Patrick is now available to read online here.
- Tuesday 25th March 2014 Professor John Henry gave a talk for members entitled, ‘“Isaac Newton, occult philosopher ~ Francis Bacon and why Newton could only have been an Englishman”. For details, click here.
- Wednesday 11th December 2013 Dr Edi Bilimoria gave a talk for members entitled ‘Similarities and differences in the way Francis Bacon and Newton used what is commonly known as the scientific method’. For details, click here.
- Friday 1st November 2013 The History channel aired an episode of ‘Forbidden History’ in which Jamie Theakston interviewed Joy Hancox about her work over the years with The Byrom Papers (see her latest book: The Hidden Chapter). During the programme she disclosed her interest in Francis Bacon and John Dee, in connection with her extensive researches in Tintern Parva (near Tintern Abbey in South Wales), where the geometry in the many drawings relate to the ground plans of the old Rose Theatre, The Globe Theatre and Westminster Abbey.
To watch the episode of ’Forbidden History’, click here.
- Sunday 15th September 2013 Society member Susan Sheridan gave a seminar with Peter Dawkins for the Francis Bacon Research Trust on ‘The Shakespeare Circle’, the group of writers responsible for the Shakespeare works, at the Charing Cross Hotel. Click here for more information.
- Wednesday 4th September 2013 Society Annual General Meeting, featuring a talk by Briony Rawle on the subject of promoting Bacon and his works using modern media. Click here to download the e-flyer.
- February 2013 Click here to view a recent article in the Herts Advertiser featuring Society member Briony Rawle and her views on Francis Bacon’s legacy in St Albans.
- April 2013 Click here to view the second episode of the BBC’s documentary ‘The Century that Wrote Itself’, and skip to around 22 minutes for a mention of Francis Bacon and his importance in 17th century scientific thinking.
- 20th June 2013 Recent talk by Mark Finnan - “I, Prince Tudor, Wrote Shakespeare”. Download Mark Finnan’s flyer
- 21st March 2013 Talk by Colum Hayward – ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’. Download Colum Hayward’s flyer
- 18th December 2012 Talk by Dave Patrick – ‘Further Synchronistic Adventures – Encompassing “The Cathar View”, Bacon’s Science and An Update on the Bruton Vault Mystery’. Download Dave Patrick’s Flyer
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