Francis Bacon

Revealed and Concealed

by

Bertram Theobald

First Edition
1930

 

CONTENTS

Chapter
FOREWORD

PAGE
xi

I. The Man of Mystery
Francis Bacon's own acknowledgement that he was a concealed poet
How his works were signed in secret ways.

1

II. Francis Bacon's Acknowledged Works
Showing the same secret devices as in his pseudonymous writings.
The Essays , 1597 edition, and some later works

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III. The Spenser Problem

Biographical difficulties, and scanty evidence for Spenser as an author.
Secret signatures of Bacon in the works.
How Raleigh and Harvey assisted in the camouflage.
A tell-tale portrait.
The evidence of:

Sir Walter Raleigh
Dr. Gabriel Harvey
Joseph Hall
Frank Meres
Thomas Freeman
John Weever

Who was "Immerito" How editors have been misled as to his identity.

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IV. The Marlowe Problem

Astonishing dearth of evidence for Marlowe's authorship.
The problem has hitherto been shelved, not solved.
Secret signatures of Bacon in these works.
The evidence of :
Joseph Hall
Francis Meres
Michael Drayton
Concerning Hero and Leander
Who wrote the first part? Did Chapman finish the poem?

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V. Some Objections Answered

Replies to mistaken criticisms of the author's first book
The validity of these revelations upheld.

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VI. "Venus and Adonis," 1593, and "Lucrece," 1594
How Bacon was detected by Hall and Marston.
Their evidence conclusive as to his authorship of these poems.
Secret signatures of Bacon in these poems.
A second tale- tell portrait.

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VII. "Willobie His Avisa," 1594

An ingenious allegory by Francis Bacon, with hidden allusions to his bi-literal cipher.

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VIII. Contemporary Witnesses to Bacon's Concealed Authorship

John Davies of Hereford
Francis Meres
Henry Chettle
Thomas Campion
Michael Drayton
James Shirley
Thomas Freeman
Thomas Bancroft
John Weever
Thomas Powell
Henry Peacham
Sir William Dugdale

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IX. The 1623 Shakespeare Folio

The famous verses by Ben Jonson.
The evidence of the title-page.
Jonson testifies to Bacon's authorship of "Shakespeare" in all his prefatory matter.
Other writers do likewise

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X. "Poems Written by Wil. Shake-Speare, Gent," 1640

A third tell-tale portrait.

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XI. The Testimony of Dr. Rawley and Archbishop Tenison
Rawley proves his knowledge of Bacon's secrets in posthumous works edited by him.
A fourth tell-tale portrait.
In his Baconiana, 1679, Tenison shows that he, too, was in the secret.
A fifth tell-tale portrait.

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XII. Rowe's Editons of Shakespeare, 1709 and 1714

Numerous hidden references to Bacon as the real "Shakespeare."
A sixth tell-tale portrait.
Blackbourne's Edition of Bacon, 1730
Mallet's Edition of Bacon, 1740

Plentiful allusions to Bacon's pseudonymous authorship.

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XIII. Concerning Spurious Shakespeare Portraits
Some strange and amusing facts
The Felton portrait, the Grafton, the Jennings, the Ely House, the Sanders, the Winstanley, the Janssen, the Marriage Picture, the Zouste portrait, the Boardman miniature

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XIV. Tell-Tale Tombstones
Bacon's epitaph in St. Michael's Church, Gorhambury.
Bacon's statue in Gray's Inn.
Shaksper's epitaph in Stratford Church
Shaksper's epitaph in Westminster Abbey.
Spenser's epitaph in Westmister Abbey.
The startling revelations in these inscriptions form an irrefutable Baconian argument.

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XV. The Slanders on Bacon's Character

The real facts not generally known.
What his intimate friends say.

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Afterword

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