A Biography

Author

Jean Overton Fuller

The life of Francis Bacon has been the subject of much academic controversy and unresolved questioning. This book, with a deep awareness of previous research, unravels some of the mysteries with much new and convincing evidence. The author explores the life and literary works of the man, beginning with a thorough examination (aided by one of the foremost geneticists) of the fierce speculation over Bacon's true parentage. With a fresh approach, the author analyses Bacon's connection with Freemasonry and its effects on his writing; the Shakespearean contention; his tentative anticipation of scientific theory, and his role as Lord Chancellor and royal advisor. The result is perhaps the most complete profile of the man with exciting new evidence of his influence on sixteenth century Britain.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgements

11

Chronology

15

Note

21

1. Infancy

25

2. If he is illegitimate

27

3. Elizabeth and Leicester

33

4. Boyhood

40

5. The Will

44

6.The English Circe

45

7. Grays Inn

47

8. Parliament

48

9. The Aramada and the death of Leicester

51

10. Beginnings of Influence

52

11.The Return of Anthony

53

12. Essex

56

13. Quarrel with the Queen

60

14. Hope disappointed

61

15. Tower employment

66

16. Gray's Inn Revels

69

17. The Northumberland Manuscript

71

18. Promus

77

19. Hall and Marston

80

20. Jonson I

97

21. The Countess of Southampton

104

22. Ovid's Circe

112

23. The friend

116

24. A retrospect

122

25. Fool's garb

128

26. The tooth out

130

27. Warning to Essex

137

28. The return of Southampton

140

29. A lady richly left

141

30. Essex and Southampton leave for Ireland

144

31 Falstaff

146

32. The sombre tragedy of Essex

150

33. The execution

161

34. Shadows of a closing reign

168

35. The blackness needing eisel

171

36. Bereavement

179

37. James I

181

38. The Advancement of Learning

185

39. Gunpowder Plot

188

40. Marriage

190

41. Solicitor

195

42. Death of Lady Bacon

199

43. Jonson II

200

44. John Davies of Hereford

202

45. The Wisdom of the Ancients

203

46. Age shall not wither her

206

47. The Virginia company

210

48. In settng forth

211

49. The mysteries

214

50.Attorney

226

51. The learned butcher's boy

229

52. The veiled and feathered sunburst

241

53. The Overbury murder

252

54. Bacon to Villiers

257

55. The suspension of Coke

259

56. Lord Chancellor

261

57. Baron Verulam

267

58. Novum Organum

272

59. Herbert's tribute

276

60. Lord St. Alban

278

61. Scandal threatens the King

281

62. The sacrifice

282

63. The submission

286

64. The empty dishes

290

65. Henry VII

294

66. The rape of York House

295

67. Bacon and the Queen of Bohemia

297

68. De Augmentis Scientiarum

299

69. The New Atlantis

301

70. The quest for longevity

303

71. Sylva Sylvarum

306

72. "Had I but served my God...."

308

73. Considerations touching a war with Spain

312

74. The painting and the bust

314

75. The Folio

316

76. Cryptomenytices

320

77. The starting of a witch

325

78. Charles I

334

79. The Psalms

335

80. The Essays

339

81. The chill in the snow

344

82. Manes Verulamiani

346

Appendices

Two Ducth title-pages
Van der Werff's portrait of Elizabeth

The establishment of Essex's birth data from a manuscript horoscope in the British Museum

Pope's Tribute
The Gorhambury Quartos

347

349

352

359
362

Bibliograpy

Index

363

375