Law Sports at Gray's Inn

(1594)

Including Shakespeare's connection with the Inn's of Court, the origin of the Capias Utlegatum regarding Coke and Bacon, Francis Bacon's connection with Warwickshire, together with a reprint of the Gesta Grayorum

 

By Basil Brown

 

Author "Notes on Elizabethan Poets," "Supposed Caricature of the Droeshout Portrait of Shakespeare"

 

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NEW YORK
1921

Privately Printed by the Author

 

TO GRAYS INN

"Old Purpulii Britain's Ornament"
the Author Dedicates this humble offering

CONTENTS

Introduction

i-xciv

Shakespeare's Connection With the Inns of Court

1-25

Shakespeare's Plays Controlled by Bacon's friends

26-34

Why Queen Elizabeth Neglected Bacon &emdash;That Capias Utlegatum

34-35

Origin of Capias Utlegatum Insult Offered to Bacon by Queen Elizabeth's Attorney-General, Sir Edward Coke

37-49

Francis Bacon's Connection with Warwickshire and the Forest of Arden

50-78

Bacon's Connection with the Burbage's

79-119

You Would Pluck Out the Heart of My Mystery

120-150

Shakespeare's Lodgings in Silver Street

154-155

Bacon's Warwickshire Kinsmen and the Underhill's

156-161

Was Anne Cecil the Prototype of Helena in "All's Well "

162-168

Apendix A &emdash;
History of the Manor and Ancient Barony of Castle Combe. Re Sir John Falstaff's Ward

169-176

Appendix B &emdash;
Edmund Tilney, Master of the Revels

177-182

Appendix C &emdash;
List of Lands Owned by the Cooke's, Lords of Hartshill

184-188

INTRODUCTION

 

"It is a point fit and necessary in the front or beginning of this work without hesitation or reservation to be professed, that it is no less true in this human kingdom of knowledge than in God's Kingdom of Heaven, that no man shall enter into it except he become first as a little child." &emdash; Bacon's Valerius Terminus

Shakespeare clothes the same truth as follows :

Hel. " He that of greatest works is finisher,
Oft does them by the weakest minister;
So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown,
When judges hath been babes. Great floods have flown
From simple sources; and great seas have dried,
When miracles have by the greatest been denied."
 &emdash;All's Well &emdash;II- 1

The spirit of Truth breathes through these lines of Bacon's, for he had in his nature a quality of divineness. The same idea as expressed by Shakespeare is a

"Truth in beauty dyed."

The above quotations assimilate so well, and seem so of a piece, that I cannot divorce the one from the other, especially in these pages where their authors are so often referred to. And to confess a truth to the patient reader, they gave me courage to begin this, the second reprint of the Gesta Grayorum in 1913, and caused me to think as Helena did in All's Well,

"What I can do, can do no hurt to try."
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