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.
- The Francis Bacon Society has been granted access to a newly completed PhD thesis concerning the Shakespeare authorship question. It is among the very first institutions to see the research, carried out by Barry Clarke for Brunel University. The research includes a study of ‘rare’ phrases used by both Shakespeare and Bacon; evidence that Shakespeare could not have been involved in the writing of The Tempest, where Bacon could have been; and an account of a fragment resembling Henry VI Part 1 that was claimed to be in Bacon’s handwriting, plus much more in-depth analysis of the authorship question from a modern standpoint. To view this exclusive new research, click here.
- 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.
- 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.
- On Tuesday 16th September, 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.
- 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‘.
- 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.
- On Tuesday 25th March, 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.
- The new edition of Baconiana (Vol. 1 No. 5), edited by our new Baconiana editor Dave Patrick is now available to read online here.
- On Wednesday 11th December, 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.
- On Friday 1st November 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.
- To read more about the Byrom papers, click here, or to read about Bacon’s ‘Decryption of Nature’, click here. (Full version of this article available here).
- 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, on Sunday 15th September 2013 at the Charing Cross Hotel. Click here for more information.
- The Society’s Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday 4th September 2013, 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.
- The second John Michell Symposium entitled “Dancing with Plato and Fort: crop circles, cosmology and ancient metrology” was held at the Tenemos Academy, London on 1st June 2013. Speakers included Allan Brown, John Martineau, John Neal, John Nicholson and Christine Rhone. Details of future events at the Tenemos academy can be found at http://www.temenosacademy.org/temenos_lectures.html
- 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.
- 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.
- Recent talk by Mark Finnan - “I, Prince Tudor, Wrote Shakespeare” [20th June 2013]. Download Mark Finnan’s flyer
- Talk by Colum Hayward – ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’ [21st March 2013]. Download Colum Hayward’s flyer
- Talk by Dave Patrick – ‘Further Synchronistic Adventures – Encompassing “The Cathar View”, Bacon’s Science and An Update on the Bruton Vault Mystery’ [18th December 2012]. Download Dave Patrick’s Flyer
- Talk by Sylvia Francke – The Legend of Parzival, the Rosicrucian Stream and a possible 9th Century Incarnation of Sir Francis Bacon [27th June 2012]. Download Sylvia Francke’s flyer
- Talk by Ulla Brostrom – A New View and more speculations about our William Shakespeare = Francis Bacon and his concealed life [23rd March 2012]. Download Ulla Brostrom’s flyer
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