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  2. William Stone Booth in Subtle Shining Secrecies talks about the gallows device on 2 pages, 31 and 67. I don't always follows the ciphers discussions, since I don't understand them well (so forgive me if I'm repeating something you all already know), but I had found Booth's book persuasive when I got it from the library and now have a copy of it. Here's what he says on p. 31. "The gallows, or to give it a French name the potence, is often used by Shake-speare, and, as will be seen, sometimes in connection with some use of the verb to hang. The famous hang-hog story here lends its point, and is told on page 67. The gallows acrostic device is so called because of its shape. Examples of the gallows are: That T S hang H H A o A A Turn g T That End quote. He goes on to give a second example. On p. 67 the device is in beginning to The Tempest. Here's the first paragraph: "Device No. 10 exposes a subtle shining secrecy writ in the margent of The Tempest, at the foot of the first column and on the word unnecessarily carried over to the second column.The form of the first part of the device is in an inverted gallows, and it expresses the words "hang-hog," a nod to the observant. It will be noted that by misplacing the stage directions after, instead of before, the words "A Plague," and by unnecessarily carrying over the word "upon" to the next column, the name of Bacon has been exposed on the typographical corners of the first column." Then he proceeds to tell the story of Sir Nicholas Bacon and Hogge. He says, "The wit in the remark not only depends on the need for "smoking" the Hogge, but also on the Hog-latin of the pun in suspendere meaning to hang, which when cut into its sound components gives sus and pendere; Sus, a pig, and Pendere, to hang. Hence Mistress Quickly's assurance that "Hang-Hog is Latten (hog-latin) for Bacon, I warrant you." It is hardly necessary to point out the double entente of the text on which the gallows is to be seen. The Boatswaine is intended in time to become well hanged, or in other words, to become good Bacon, as he does actually by the completion of the typographiccal device, which I have rubricated for the reader's guidance." (etc.) I had thought maybe this book would have come into the public domain by now, but maybe not. My copy was published in 1925. He says in his intro. that Subtle Shining Secrecies contains his best examples. He spent fourteen years on the book. I think there's a lot of good material in it. I recommend it!
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  4. The Alchemical Quest - The number 10 - I forgot to mention that the last page of "Underwoods" is misnumbered (283 instead of 285). Let's take a closer look at page 283 ... https://archive.org/details/workesofbenjamin00jons/page/282/mode/2up 😊
  5. The Alchemical Quest - The number 10 - We all know the importance of the first line of the 10th page of the First Folio : "Of all, that insolent Greece, or haughty Rome." https://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/facsimile/book/SLNSW_F1/10/index.html%3fzoom=1275.html Ben Jonson used exactly the same terms for Francis Bacon in "Discoveries" ... I told you that Ben Jonson mentioned the Fates in his poem "Lord Bacon's Birth-day" : Hail, happy Genius of this ancient pile ! How comes it all things so about thee smile ? The fire, the wine, the men ! and in the midst Thou stand'st as if some mystery thou didst ! Pardon, I read it in thy face, the day For whose returns, and many, all these pray ; And so do I. This is the sixtieth year, Since Bacon, and thy lord was born, and here ; Son to the grave wise Keeper of the Seal, Fame and foundation of the English weal. What then his father was, that since is he, Now with a title more to the degree ; Englands high Chancellor : the destin'd heir, In his soft cradle, to his father's chair : Whose even thread the fates spin round and full, Out of their choicest and their whitest wool. 'Tis a brave cause of joy, let it be known, For 'twere a narrow gladness, kept thine own. Give me a deep-crown'd bowl, that I may sing In raising him, the wisdom of my king. The fact is he uses a similar sentence at the end of the last masque of "Underwoods" called LOVES WEL-COME in a chapter called : PHILALETHES ( LOVE OF TRUTH). Welcome Welcome Welcome *** In the context of my poem, PHILALETHES can be linked to : Georges Starkey: Eirenaeus Philalethes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Starkey Thomas Vaughan: Eugenius Philalethes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Vaughan_(philosopher) https://archive.org/details/fameconfessionof00vaug/page/n9/mode/2up?ref=ol&view=theater
  6. Hi Yann, These subliminal Bacon-Shakespeare nexuses made manifest by your incomparable perspicacious mind are sublime and illuminating which truly light up the firmament of Baconian-Shakespearean scholarship.
  7. The Alchemical Quest - The number 10 - Previously, I told you that the word "Alchymie" was used only once in the First Folio ... https://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/facsimile/book/SLNSW_F1/721/index.html%3fzoom=1275.html It appears in "The Tragedie of Julius Caesar". And right in the middle (mediocria firma) of the passage we find : Prince Bacon - 33. I thought that it would be appropriate to use the Caesar Code in my poem.😊 The message hidden in acrostic could be found by using Caesar Code - 10 or with the help of Dee (+ 14) ! 😄 The hidden message is the anagram of THE ALCHEMIST, and this is a reference to Ben Jonson's Play published in his First Folio (1616) the year of Shakespeare's death. https://archive.org/details/workesofbeniamin00jons/page/604/mode/2up The acrostic and the telestic of the Prologue are very interesting ... in telestich, we can find E. TUDOR (Elizabeth Tudor ?) or SEE TUDOR if we use "Whose" See # C = 3 could eventually provide the second 3 => Who ? 33 ! Notice that "scene" the first word in italic, is the 33rd word. And here is, in my view, an important passage of The Alchemist connected with Ben Jonson's poem "To the Reader" in Shakespeare's First Folio ... I think that B.I tells us cryptically that The Droeshout Portrait is linked to GAMALIEL RATSEY'S. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamaliel_Ratsey Gamaliel Ratsey was a highwayman who wore A MASK. And his story is linked to Shakespeare. "The most interesting chapter reports a speech which it is pretended Ratsey addressed to the leader of an itinerant company of actors who played before him at a country inn. The speaker advises the actor to perform in London, but, as soon as he has secured a competency, to buy "some place of lordship in the country," and seek dignity and reputation. The actor promises to follow this advice, which is assumed to be an ironical reflection on William Shakespeare and the position he had gained at Stratford-on-Avon." One synonym of highwayman is ... knave. And here are knaves linked to BACON ... https://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/facsimile/book/Bran_F1/374/index.html%3fzoom=1200.html About a knave from Languedoc called Bacon. https://www.google.fr/books/edition/Histoire_Et_Chronique_Memorable_Reveu_Et/_slTAAAAcAAJ?hl=fr&gbpv=1&dq=Bacon+brigand&pg=PA156&printsec=frontcover Chapter 148 😉 of Histoire Et Chronique Memorable by Jehan Froissart. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Froissart's_Chronicles For more details about Ben jonson's Poem "To the Reader" : To be continued ...
  8. My heartfelt thanks A Phoenix ! 🙏❤️ The last part on number 10 ( and not the least) is coming. 😉
  9. Hi Rob I could only find these two for now... https://www.mediastorehouse.com.au/fine-art-finder/artists/european-school/le-vocabulaire-illustre-balle-de-laine-24726248.html https://www.mediastorehouse.com.au/fine-art-finder/artists/english-school/fall-wolsey-woolsack-published-hannah-humphrey-22932448.html Not much help, I'm afraid.
  10. Hi Yann, WOW! WOW! WOW! Profound, Transcendent, Genius. Peace and Love. Phoenix.
  11. By chance, my previous post is the 404th post of "Baconian Art and Media". 😄
  12. The Alchemical Quest - The number 10 - Now, let's take a look at the 37th page of the First Folio ( TEN = 37 ) 😊 ... First&Last.mp4 To be continued ...
  13. The Alchemical Quest - The number 10 - Now, let's take a look at the 10th page of the First Folio ... Here is something that I already shared with you by the past in another topic. I remind you that "Of Shakespeares mind ..." is the 67th line by counting from the first line of the poem. "Sweet Swan of Avon" is on the 33rd line of this page. "Shine forth, thou Starre of Poets" is on the 39th line of this page. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that in my mind "francis" has always been more important than "Banoc/Bacon". This is thanks to the alignement Shakespeare/Swan (with 33 words from Shakespeare to swan) that I found "francis". Then, facing "SOW" and "T.T." in acrostic, I wondered if "Bacon" could be concealed and I found this solution. Today, I would like to share with you something that I have never shared before. I think that the axis Shakespeare/Swan is even more important. I think it is the "Lance" brandish't at the eyes of Ignorance. If we admit that all this was intended and that each letter on this axis is important, two other words must be taken into account : "fate" and "odin" All make sense with "his well" and "swan" if we consider that Ben Jonson concealed a reference to Norse Mythology. The trio of norns at the well Urðarbrunnr as depicted in Fredrik Sander's 1893 translation of the Poetic Edda. Wood engraving by L. B. Hansen, Public Domain. The well of Fate : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urðarbrunnr "Urðarbrunnr is cited as one of three wells existing beneath three roots of Yggdrasil." https://vikingr.org/other-beings/norns "The Jötnar maidens also care for the swans that reside at the Well of Fate and from whom all other swans are descended." Notice that Ben Jonson mentions the Fates in his poem "Lord Bacon's Birth-day" : Hail, happy Genius of this ancient pile ! How comes it all things so about thee smile ? The fire, the wine, the men ! and in the midst Thou stand'st as if some mystery thou didst ! Pardon, I read it in thy face, the day For whose returns, and many, all these pray ; And so do I. This is the sixtieth year, Since Bacon, and thy lord was born, and here ; Son to the grave wise Keeper of the Seal, Fame and foundation of the English weal. What then his father was, that since is he, Now with a title more to the degree ; Englands high Chancellor : the destin'd heir, In his soft cradle, to his father's chair : Whose even thread the fates spin round and full, Out of their choicest and their whitest wool. 'Tis a brave cause of joy, let it be known, For 'twere a narrow gladness, kept thine own. Give me a deep-crown'd bowl, that I may sing In raising him, the wisdom of my king. Mimir's well and Odin : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mímisbrunnr "The Prose Edda relates that the water of the well contains much wisdom, and that Odin sacrificed one of his eyes to the well in exchange for a drink. (EYE =33) By Robert Engels (1866-1920). - Lange, Adolf (1903). Deutsche Götter- und Heldensagen. B. G. Teubner, Leipzig. Page 44. Digitized version from Google Books., Public Domain. https://norse-mythology.org/tales/odins-discovery-of-the-runes/ Moreover, Odin hung himself to Yggdrasil and pierced himself with his spear "Gungnir" in order to discover the secret of the runes. Keep in mind that in the Anglo-saxon 33-rune Futhark, the 33rd and final one is GAR meaning SPEAR in reference of Gungnir ! One last thought regarding ODIN ... There is an interesting reference to one Odin by John Speed in "THE HISTORIE of GREAT BRITAIN". https://www.google.fr/books/edition/The_Histoire_of_Great_Britaine_Vnder_the/qbT8HOaTqLkC?hl=fr&gbpv=1&dq=odin++john+speed+sapient&pg=PA430-IA10&printsec=frontcover Facing a "young Gentleman of Danish Royal Blood" I find it difficult not to connect this with HAMLET. And talking about John Speed ... To be continued ...
  14. The Alchemical Quest - The number 10 - Few days ago, I told you that my poem was centered on the "Ma" of "Magic" and the conceal'd word "amor" meaning love. More exactly, the poem is centered on the letter M. In French, "Aime ! " which sounds like "M" means "Love !" "Je t'aime" means "I love you". This being said, what are the links between "Ten", "Love", Alchemy , Francis Bacon and Ben Jonson ? The number Ten is linked to the Tetractys. https://digitalambler.com/2014/07/19/towards-a-greek-kabbalah-emanations-of-creation-on-the-tetractys/planetary_alchemical_tetractys/ You understood that I constructed this poem based on the fruits of my research on the SAQ. TEN is 10 or X but also T(19)+E(5)+N(13) = 37 or XXXVII Let's take a look in Francis Bacon's Essays, Chapter X and XXXVII. To be continued ...
  15. Great finding Rob ! Notice right in the middle (mediocria firma 😉 ) ... it seems that one question is asked. Am I hang hog ? https://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/facsimile/book/SLNSW_F1/71/?zoom=1275 And notice that with the remaining letters we have the name fo another animal : COW. If all this was intended, I wonder what is its particular significance. P.S. : here is another possibility ... " there lives not three good men unhang'd " "there" is an anagram of "three". 33
  16. This is THE page with much of the Francis and Anon banter. And it is merely a wink to explore these pages more. FRANCIS is 67 Simple cipher as is well known and appears 33 times. ANON is 67 Kaye cipher which is not as well known. I've spent weeks or months exploring this play when I first started seeking Bacon's thinly placed captaine Iewells in the carconet. 😉 https://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/facsimile/book/Bran_F1/376/index.html%3Fzoom=800.html You know, in Shakespeare's works it is rare to find the word "hang" and not find "Bacon" below it. I wonder if "Woolsack" refers to "Lord Chancellor"? Why the very noticeable typo, "mntter"? MNTTER is 111 Kaye cipher which is the same as BACON. A Kings Sonne? A Queen's son I believe. 😉
  17. Presumably the Prince calls him Woolsacke because Falstaff is fat, like a cushion. I like Francis's constant "Anon, anon, I come anon." Could suggest anonymous. The only use of "woolsack" in Shakespeare and it's in that scene.
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  19. So now I am on a "woolsack" adventure for a Saturday afternoon. A Google search with "woolsack" and "Francis Bacon" has a ton of interesting results with many on SirBacon.org. So many times for centuries Bacon's name and "woolsack" appear together. One example: https://sirbacon.org/johnsonmac.htm Bacon knew as well as any man that a judge who listens to private solicitations is a disgrace to his post. He had himself, before he was raised to the woolsack, represented this strongly to Villiers (in a letter saying) ‘By no means be you persuaded to interpose yourself, either by word or letter in any cause depending in any court of justice.’ Yet he had not been Lord Keeper a month when Buckingham began to interfere in Chancery suits; and Buckingham’s interference was, as might have been expected, successful. Ben Jonson comes up on a search with "woolsack". Here is one reference: https://deadpubs.co.uk/TavernsFleetstreet.shtml ...Although those inns have long been swept away, the quaint half-timbered buildings of Staple Inn remain to aid the imagination in repicturing those far-off days when the Dagger, and the Red Lion, and the Bull and Gate, and the Blue Boar, and countless other hostelries were dotted on either side of the street. With the first of these, the Dagger Tavern, we cross the tracks of Ben Jonson once more. Twice does the dramatist allude to this house in "The Alchemist," and the revelation that Dapper frequented the Dagger would have conveyed its own moral to seventeenth century playgoers, for it was then notorious as a resort of the lowest and most disreputable kind. The other reference makes mention of "Dagger frumety," which is a reminder that this house, as was the case with another of like name, prided itself upon the excellence of its pies, which were decorated with a representation of a dagger. That these pasties were highly appreciated is the only conclusion which can be drawn from the contemporary exclamation, "I'll not take thy word for a Dagger pie," and from the fact that in "The Devil is an Ass" Jonson makes Iniquity declare that the 'prentice boys rob their masters and "spend it in pies at the Dagger and the Woolsack." I must keep poking around... https://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/facsimile/book/Bran_F1/376/index.html%3Fzoom=800.html Prin. How now Woolsacke, what mntter you? Fal. A Kings Sonne? If I do not beate thee out of thy Kingdome with a dagger of Lath, and driue all thy Sub- iects afore thee like a flocke of Wilde-geese, Ile neuer weare haire on my face more. You Prince of Wales?
  20. Eric, Are there any 1500s or 1600s interesting engravings or paintings containing a woolsack besides Dugdale’s that we can look at? 🙂
  21. I admit I had no idea what that meant and assumed I would need to be a Rosicrucian to understand. Looking up the definition of woolsack changed everything. 😉 In my wildest imagination I never expected woolsack to be defined as anything related to the Lord Chancellor! Maybe because as an American these things are not mentioned in our basic education. DOH!
  22. Francis Bacon & Cryptology - FBRT Zoom meeting Saturday 25 May 2024 at 19:30 Principal of the Francis Bacon Research Trust Peter Dawkins is giving what promises to be a fascinating talk on cryptology, intelligencers and the extraordinary 1624 work Cryptomenytices & Cryptographiae with its links to Francis Bacon and the Shakespeare works. All the details can be found below. Cryptomenytices & Cryptographiae, intelligencers, and Cryptology generally Saturday 25th May at 7:30pm A talk on Zoom by Peter Dawkins , giving some background information about Cryptomenytices et Cryptographiae, its author, and the secret society and intelligence networks involved. The great cipher manual, Cryptomenytices et Cryptographiae, was published in 1624, the year immediately after the 1623 twin Folios, Francis Bacon’s De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum and the Shakespeare First Folio, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. Cryptomenytices provides keys to the cryptology in the 1623 publications, as also in many other publications of that time which were composed by members of the Society of the Golden and Rosy Cross. Indeed, some of the ciphers appear to have been used, suitably adapted and developed, in the last two world wars, and the fundamentals of Francis Bacon’s Biliteral cipher provide the foundation of all computer language we use today. This talk is additional to the series of four talks originally designed and advertised for this year, and in fact forms part of the The Swan Flight: The Third Heaven event, during which Hitzacker, on the river Elbe in Germany, the place where Cryptomenytices was written, and Lüneburg, where it was published, will be visited. So, for this reason, this talk will be the second talk of the Rosicrucian Cryptography series this year, and talk 7 of the whole Rosicrucian Mysteries series. For those who attend the talk, there will be time for questions, answers and insights after the talk. Cost £15. Please email sarah@fbrt.org.uk for further details if you wish to attend. The fee for the talk can be paid through the donation button on the FBRT website: https://www.fbrt.org.uk/donations/ With all good wishes, Sarah sarah@fbrt.org.uk
  23. FRANCIS BACON, THE WOOLSACK, AND THE ROSICRUCIAN-FREEMASONIC SHAKESPEARE STRATFORD MONUMENT Hundreds of thousands of scholars, students and tourists travel from all around the globe to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Shakespeare monument to pay homage to the greatest poet and dramatist in the history of the world but are not able to see and comprehend what is hidden in plain sight in front of their own eyes. The full Rosicrucian-Freemasonic significance of the Shakespeare monument at Stratford (which is known to learned members of the Brotherhood) has been concealed, hidden, and suppressed for the last four hundred years. This systematic silence was recently overturned by Peter Dawkins, Director of the Francis Bacon Trust, a recognised authority on the Rosicrucian-Freemasonry Brotherhood (who by his own admission is not a Freemason) in his ground-breaking article ‘The symbolism, mystery and secret message of the Shakespeare Monument’ (2020). It was also addressed by M. R. Osborne in his 112-page work Allegory in Stone: A Short Study of the Shakespeare Monument published in 2022. In contrast to Dawkins, while Osborne (a descendent of the Shakespeare family) was apparently not a Baconian, he is a member of the secretive Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia whose admission rules require that its members have achieved the rank of Master Mason of a Grand Lodge under the auspices of the Grand Lodge of England. The Shakespeare monument is replete with Rosicrucian-Freemasonry symbolism. There are the two putti (a representation of a naked child or cherub) above the monument representing Adam’s labour with the trowel symbolically used to spread brotherly love among humankind a key tool of modern Speculative Freemasonry.1 The sandstone skull, ‘a profoundly masonic symbol’ situated at the top of the monument ‘reminds us of the “Grand Lodge Above” is never far away.2 Here on the Shakespeare monument the black marble Corinthian columns represent the Freemasonic columns that beautify and adorn Freemasonic Lodges all around the world.3 In his chapter on ‘Rosicrucianism’ Osborne reveals that ‘One Rosicrucian secret is that our bodies have a further six nonphysical forms…concealed by seven veils…The seven roses above Shakespeare’s head on the monument refer to this Rosicrucian doctrine of the Seven Aphorisms or Sevenfold Soul.’4 The hidden secret of the Shakespeare monument is that it is ‘in truth, a Rosicrucian memorial’, and ‘we need only consider the trowel and spear in the monument, and the three Working Tools of the Poet in the frieze (the quill pen, page and cushion he needed to sit on while working) to recognise the quasi-Freemasonic symbolism.’5 The Shakespeare monument is a Baconian-Rosicrucian-Freemasonic cryptogram concealing and revealing its hidden architect and secret author of the Shakespeare poems and plays. It is as Peter Dawkins points out a critical gateway into the heart of the mystery of Shakespeare which when fully revealed has very far-reaching consequences that will demand the re-writing of history and change forever the face of Baconian-Shakespearean scholarship. In the drawing by Sir William Dugdale carefully engraved by Wenceslaus Hollar published in the Antiquities of Warwickshire ‘Shakespeare’ is depicted appearing to clutch a sack without (as appears in the familiar Shakespeare monument) resting his left hand on a paper laid on a cushion with his right hand holding a quill. The sack observes Dawkins is clearly a woolsack. The Dugdale drawing/engraving of the Shakespeare monument appears to have been designed ‘to draw notice to its Masonic significance, for the arms of Shakespeare are shown in a most awkward but stylised way which immediately draws attention. These arms are disposed such that they portray the geometrical form of the Masonic Square and Compass, the single most universally identifiable symbol of Freemasonry. The upper arms and head form the Compass (i.e. pair or set of Compasses) the lower arms and hands the Square.’6 To substitute a woolsack for a cushion is of great Baconian-Rosicrucian-Freemasonic significance because the most famous woolsack is the seat of the Lord Chancellor (Bacon was Lord Chancellor of England) while presiding over the House of Lords.7 The lions shown crowning the pillars alludes to the ‘Lions Paw’, the grip used in the third degree ritual to resurrect or raise up the Freemason from darkness into light.8 1. M. R. Osborne, Allegory in Stone: A Short Study of the Shakespeare Monument (Rose Circle Publications, 2022), pp. 50-51. 2. Ibid., p. 55-56. 3. Ibid., pp. 57-62. 4. Ibid., p. 98. 5. Ibid., pp. 100-102. 6. Peter Dawkins, ‘The Stratford Shakespeare Monument: The symbolism, mystery and secret message of the Shakespeare Monument in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon’, Francis Bacon Research Trust, (2020), pp. 1-26, at p. 5. 7. Ibid., p. 5. 8. Ibid., p. 5.
  24. James Shapiro in Contested Will does at least list in his bibliographical essay resources on alternative candidates. For Bacon, he lists the first edition of Brian McClinton's book, The Shakespeare Conspiracies (2007, the 2d being published by Shanway Press in Belfast, 2008) and Francis Bacon's New Advancement of Learning, SirBacon.org (p. 282). Baconiana gets three page listings in his book's index. He gives about equal space in his book to Bacon as he does to Oxford. In these ways, his book is superior to that of a certain journalist. Yes, he's a Stratfordian, and he leaves out important aspects of the case, as Larson noted, and writers such as Constance Pott in the past and Peter Dawkins today. Shapiro admits that he found George Greenwood's 1908 The Shakespeare Problem Restated useful (Shapiro, p. 282), but I don't think he had read Greenwood's three Baconian essays (including the Conclusion) in the Smithson volume he edited which Eric Roberts pointed out to us here in the forum. In those essays, Greenwood wrote that he found the case for Bacon entirely plausible. He just didn't think it was proven. I thought Shapiro's treatment of Delia was more sympathetic than we sometimes see. Shapiro in Contested Will may have misled others into thinking the Baconian movement was dead (see p. 149) or of historical interest only--if they did not also read his p. 139: "The case for Francis Bacon's authorship of the plays continues to find new supporters to this day, though they are fewer in number, less prominent, and less vocal" (p. 139). Fewer than what? Baconians of the past? Oxfordians? Okay, both were true thirteen years ago; but we are still here, and growing, with this wonderful forum in which to discuss "all things Bacon."
  25. I do not remember knowing the woolsack/Lord Chancellor connection before, but that does not mean I have never seen it. It has been mentioned on SirBacon.org and also the B'Hive. But it did not register with me. Maybe I once knew and forgot. 😉 How many times has the Dugdale woolsack come up here with Stratfordian deception about Willy's father was a "dealer or tradesman" and that the truth is that pillow is what Bacon sat his behind on as Lord Chancellor? Wow! 🙂 Thanks! Yesterday was searching Google on Virginia Fellows and was surprised at the very limited results. Today, following the woolsack theme I am revisiting some works by William Hepworth Dixon. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Hepworth_Dixon In 1854 he began research on Francis Bacon. He had leave through Lord Stanley and Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton to inspect the "State Papers", until then guarded from general view by successive secretaries of state. He published four articles criticising John Campbell's Life of Bacon in the Athenæum for January 1860. These were expanded and republished as The Personal History of Lord Bacon from Unpublished Papers in 1861. He published separately as a pamphlet in 1861 A Statement of the Facts in regard to Lord Bacon's Confession, and a more elaborate volume called The Story of Lord Bacon's Life, 1862. Dixon's books on Bacon have not been valued by scholars.[1] He mentions sitting on the woolsack in 1861, "By rule of Parliament, the Lord Chancellor, and of course an inferior person acting in his place, sat on the woolsack while the Lords were in session..." Page 412: https://sirbacon.org/archives/The_Story_of_Lord_Bacon_s_Life.pdf The Dugdale sketch makes sense now. Willy Shakspur is holding Bacon's Lord Chancellor cushion in his lap! Grateful Dead: “Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.”
  26. Thank you, Light-of-Truth! It was a detail that had never registered with me before. I was going to look up Virginia Fellows' book to order it, and I came across this, "Bacon and Shakespeare Cyphers" by Virginia Fellows, here at SirBacon: https://sirbacon.org/links/fellows.html. Worth reading!
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