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  1. 2 hours ago, Eric Roberts said:

     

    Hi A Phoenix

    Your reaction bodes well. It's not even at mock-up stage yet, only a schematic in flux. Last week Julie sent me a list of 26 names she wanted me to remove. I'm glad you think it 'reads' better now that it's been streamlined to show only the two brothers' direct descent from Henry VII. The three members of his foster family are parked to one side for now. I put it to Julie in an email tonight that perhaps there should be two genealogies. The ancestral tree we are re-constructing was known only to Leicester and Elizabeth, Anne, Nicholas and Anthony Bacon, and his immediate circle of 'knights of the helmet'. The other tree is known to everyone, fully approved by academics. One does not invalidate the other. Seen together, both lineages (royal and common) help us to understand the existential 'trap' that "Francis Bacon" found himself in around the age of 16.

    Initially, I chose the two Gorhambury terracotta busts of Nicholas and Anne Bacon because I think the artist (Italian?) has depicted them at their best. The late portraits of Nicholas Bacon are a bit intimidating. The miniature portrait of Anne Bacon by Isaac Oliver strikes me as strange - it looks nothing like the only other picture of her that we have.

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    A few days ago I wrote to Viscountess Grimston to ask if the original portrait (above, right) was part of the Gorhambury collection. I was also interested if the same was true of the only known image of Alice Barnham (Mrs F Bacon). Not only did Rosie confirm that both pictures are at Gorhambury, she very kindly sent me snapshots of each painting in situ. Until I have her approval, I can't post them here or anywhere, but suffice to say that I was excited to finally see these two pictures in colour for the first time.

    The Anne Bacon portrait is outstanding for its psychological insight - severe yet serene. The Alice Barnham/Bacon/Underhill portrait is also a revelation. It must have been painted long after FB disappeared in 1626 when Alice was 34. Here she looks to be in her late-forties? Neither of these important pictures are in the Bridgeman Art Library's Gorhambury Collection, unfortunately. They certainly should be.

     

     

    Hi Eric,

    I think your two trees idea is brilliant - double the work but brilliant nevertheless. A Bacon tree would also enable people to see the Cooke, Cecil and Russell links. (very important and well connected families) It's amazing how many people don't realise that the great Lord Burghley was FB's uncle and that Robert Cecil was his cousin. A distinct and different coloured background for his 'common' tree as well - what a great duo!

    Very excited by the portraits. I agree, the Oliver portrait doesn't really look like the Gorhambury one, although I was struck by the pale blue eyes (apparently Sir Nicholas had blue eyes as well which would make FB having hazel/brown ones unlikely if he were their son) Would love to see the portraits in colour, let's hope Rosie gives her approval, they should certainly be seen by the public. Do you know if they are on public display at Gorhambury?

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  2. Progress indeed! It’s looking great – really clear and easy to see which is so important with family trees.

    Love the background – very regal – is there maybe a purple version? You can get some Tudor rose backgrounds, but I think it’s probably best it’s not too busy, that’s why this one works well. Perhaps the bars in white or cream. But these are just minor design things which sometimes when you play around with them they look better but not always. Love how you’ve incorporated the Bacons – very special they take their rightful place. Only minor and just a personal preference – I love the Isaac Oliver painting of Lady Anne and the Nicholas one from the NPG but they may not work as well. Maybe you could do a silhouette of Eleanor West as presumably she is elusive (as you would have surely found her Eric!😀). Perfect font as well.

    Great work – it’s brilliant seeing it all take shape and come together!

    THANK YOU❤️❤️

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  3. TRANSLATION OF E.K.RAND

    XXI

    A Song of Consolation1

    to Both Academies.

    If my prayers, ye Sisters, had with yours availed (ah me, our plaint hath come before its time!), not vain would be the contest of our love (for oft in love resides the strife of emulous devotion): we should have gained our own by our tears, and thee as well, Apollo,2 yes thee, learned Bacon, the darling of thy father-land. What could nature more, or virtue? Thou gavest thereby the meed of thine unending fame. When the wiser part of our age read thee, they swore that it befitted thee alone to speak for ever. Him3 the too stern goddesses (ah me, what prerogative do they not claim at every turn!)4 have denied to us and to you. Worthy he was of the sky, but what prayers for such a man, that he still should tarry upon earth, can be importunate? Oh happy fate! since ’t is no blame, Bacon, but joyful eulogy to mourn thy death.5 Stay now, ye sisters, your just plaints and sighs. He cannot all6 ascend the melancholy bier. He was both ours and yours: a strife is thence arisen, and ’t is in doubt which love the greater be. The grief is common, ours and yours: such ruin could not descend upon one place alone.

     WILLIAM LOE, OF TRINITY COLLEGE.

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    1. Harleian Misc. has ; Blackbourne,

    2. Bacon is identified with Apollo.

    3. Sudden shift of the pronoun; perhaps the poet now addresses the pars prudentior to whom he has just referred.

    4. ah sibi quid nolunt saepe licere; cf. quid non crudelis voluit sibi Parca licere, Poem XVIII, 5 by the same author.

    5. It would be blameworthy to mourn the gods’ dispensation in any other case, but here where Bacon is to reign exalted, sorrow turns to praise. Cf. Statius on Lucan’s birthday, Silv. ii. 7, 135, quidquid fleverat ante, nunc adoret.mnjhnb

    6. Horace’s non omnis moriar.

     

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  4. TRANSLATION OF THE BACON SOCIETY

    [ELEGY 21]

    An Address of Consolation to the Two Universities.

    “O sisters! had our mutual prayers availed

     (But ah! our plaint has come before its day),

    Between us there would be a strife in love,

     For rivalry in love is oft concealed.

     We each would win our friend back by our tears,

     Thee, Bacon, true Apollo that thou art!

     Thy country’s Darling! What could Nature show,

     Or Virtue’s store produce, greater than THOU?

     From Nature and from Virtue hast thou drawn

    Perpetual fruits of thine immortal Name-

    When wisest men first studied thy works

     They swore that thou alone wast fit to speak.

    Too long the fatal three have let him stay,

     A self-denial they not oft permit-

    He sure was worthy Heaven, but is it sin

     To pray that such a man as he should still remain?

     How happy is our lot! it is no crime

     But rather our good fortune and our crown

     That we did know thee, and can mourn thy death.

     Ye sisters cease your tears and sad laments,

    The funeral pyre cannot contain him all.

     Both yours and ours he was; hence comes the rivalry-

     Which of us two bears him the greater love?

     Our grief is common. Could so great a ruin

     Fall to the ground? Or could it only lie

     On one small spot? Surely this could not be.”

    -William Loe, Trin. Coll.

    [Baconiana, Vol. V, New Series, No. 18, April 1897, pp. 103-109]

     

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  5. TRANSLATION OF WILLARD PARKER

    XXI

    A POEM OF CONDOLENCE TO BOTH UNIVERSITIES.1

    If but my prayers Oh! ye Sisters, joined unto yours had prevailed,

     (Ah! premature our complaining), never in vain were loves’ strivings;

     Even as love oft concealeth strife-seeds of rival affections;2

     Then by our tears we had gained thee, Bacon, the Learned-Apollo-3

     Ever thy fatherland’s darling. What more could nature or virtue?

     Thereby the fruit hast thou given,- Meed of thy great name undying

     When all our wisest ones read thee, vowed they that unto thee solely,

    Fitted the power to speak ever. Goddesses4 stern have refused him

     Both unto you and to usward. Ah! why so seldom concede they

     Aught to the longing of mortals. Worthy was he of the heavens,

     Yet are our prayers not importunate, craving that here he might tarry.

     Oh! happy fate, since to mourn thee is but a joyful eulogium;

    Stay your just wailings, ye sisters; know that we cannot all enter

     In the sad pyre of his funeral. He was both yours and ours ever.

     Strife there arose then betwixt us,2 doubting which love was the greater.

     Your grief and ours are now common. Such a tremendous catastrophe

     Could not descend from the heavens down upon one single earthspot.

                                                    WILLIAM LOE,

                                                                  Trinity College.5

    1. Oxford and Cambridge.

    2. Refers to the rivalry between the two Universities.

    3. Master of the Muses.

    4. The Fates who cut off his thread untimely.

    5. Cambridge. College of Henry VIII where Bacon attended and studied under Whitgift at the instance of Queen Elizabeth.

     

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  6. TRANSLATION OF FATHER WILLIAM A. SUTTON

    21.

    CONSOLATORY POEM TO BOTH UNIVERSITIES.

     If my prayers with yours O Sisters! had prevailed (ah! our plaintive song comes before its time), the contest of our love would not be ambiguous (sometimes too in love there lurks affectionate strife), we should be in possession of our tears and of thee, Apollo,5 the darling, learned Bacon of your native land. What more could nature or worth produce? Thence have you put forth the fruit of your undying name. When the best critics of our age read your works, they kept vowing that it was fitting that you alone should express yourself. To grant him to us and to you (sisters) the excessively dire goddesses have refused (ah! why are they so seldom willing to make concession?). He deserved heaven, but that he should yet a little while tarry on earth, what prayers are too importunate considering his worth? O happy fate! since it is not a fault but highly and auspiciously creditable to lament your death, O Bacon! Restrain at length your just tears and wailings, sisters; he cannot all enter the sad funeral pyre. He was ours and yours: thence a contest ensued, and which of our loves be the greater is uncertain. Our grief and yours is mutual; so vast a catastrophe could not be confined to one place.

     WILLIAM LOE, TRINITY COLLEGE.

    5. Apollo, god of poetry, music, &c., is here identified with Bacon.

     

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  7.  
    As You Like It - A Bacon-Tudor Family Affair 
     
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    The pastoral drama As You Like It belongs in the tradition of entertainments put on for Queen Elizabeth stretching back to the magnificent entertainment provided for her by Leicester at Kenilworth, at Bisham produced and written by Bacon, and the dramatic devices written by Bacon for the Earl of Essex to be presented on her Anniversary Day in 1592 and 1595. The device Of Love and Self-Love written by Bacon in 1595 includes two speeches delivered by a Hermit: The Hermits first Speech and The Hermits Second Speech in the Presence, in wish of Contemplation or Studies who in the device is dressed as a philosopher representing Contemplation. The figure of the Hermit is repeatedly referred to in several Shakespeare plays dating from around the period: I Henry VI, Titus Andronicus, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Richard II, The Merchant of Venice, and As You Like It.
     
    The court of Queen Elizabeth permeates the background of the play. The role of Rosalind, daughter of Duke Senior shares similarities with Queen Elizabeth and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester informs the figures of Duke Senior and Sir Rowland de Boys, with their royal son Robert Tudor Devereux, reflected in the usurping brother Duke Frederick (Essex attempted to usurp Bacon’s claim on the throne) and the character of Orlando, youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys, a dramatic refraction of his blood father Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.
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  8. TRANSLATION OF E.K.RAND

    XX

    On the Death of the Same, etc.

    If only the worthy, Bacon, shall lament thy fate, ah none will do it, there’ll be none, believe

    me, there’ll be none.

    Weep ye now truly, Clio, and Clio’s sisters.1 Ah, fallen is the tenth Muse, the glory of the choir.

    Ah never really was Apollo himself unhappy before! When shall he ever gain another so to

    love him? Ah me! the full number he shall have no more: now must Apollo be content with

    nine Muses.

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    1. This poet seems to have been reading Ovid’s Art of Love, i. 27, Clio Cliusque sorores.

     

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  9. TRANSLATION OF THE BACON SOCIETY

    [ELEGY 20]

    On the death of the same.

    “If, BACON, none may mourn thy death but he

     Who’s worthy, surely there’ll no mourner be.

     But weep, weep, Clio! with thy Sister’s bland,

     Fall’n is the Tenth Muse, Flower of thy band.

     Ah! ne’er Apollo knew true grief before.

     How can he, loving, be indifferent?

     He must with Muses nine himself content,

     Ill-pleased their number cannot be one more.”

     

     

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  10. TRANSLATION OF WILLARD PARKER

    XX

    ON THE DEATH OF THE SAME, ETC.

    If but the worthy lament thee, then-then believe me, O Bacon,

    There will be none who are mourners. Clio1 and sisters of Clio,2

    Weep ye now truly, ye Muses; fallen is the Tenth,4 your choir’s glory.

    Never before has Apollo3 bowed his head truly in sorrow;

    When shall there e’er be another who with such full heart shall love him.

    Never again be your number full and complete as aforetime,-

    Now must Apollo3 content him with the Nine Muses-nine only!4

     

    1. Muse of History

    2. Sister Muses.

    3. Leader of the Muses.

    4. A wonderful tribute to Bacon as a poet - the tenth Muse!

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  11. TRANSLATION OF FATHER WILLIAM A. SUTTON

    20.

    ON THE DEATH OF THE SAME, ETC.

     If none but the worthy should mourn your death, O Bacon! none, trust me, none will there be. Lament now sincerely, O Clio! and sisters of Clio, ah! the tenth muse and the glory of the choir has perished. Ah! never before has Apollo himself been truly unhappy! Whence will there be another to love him so? Ah! he is no longer going to have the full number; and unavoidable is it now for Apollo to be content with nine muses.

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  12. TRANSLATION OF E.K.RAND

    XIX

    On the Death of the Same.

    If thou shalt review how much thou hast given to the world and to the Muses, Bacon; if thou shouldst care to be a creditor, then love, the world, the Muses, Jove’s secrets, prayers, Heaven, songs, incense and grief will confound the score.1 What can art avail, and what the envious age? It is vouchsafed at last that envy should cease to be.2 So Bacon, thou must needs preserve thy state and keep thy happy lot.3 Ah, Nature has naught to pay thee.

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    1. Conturbabit is not as Meurer says (p. 104) used for conturbabitur, but as in the sense of Catullus’conturbabimus illa (v. 11).

    2. Envy cannot hope to aspire to achievements like Bacon’s.

    3. i. e. let things stand as they are-do not attempt such a reckoning

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  13. TRANSLATION OF THE BACON SOCIETY

    [ELEGY 19]

    Wilt tell how much to Man and Muse thou’st given,

     BACON? if still their creditor thou’dst lief

    Remain, then will there jostle Love, World, Heaven,

     Muses, Jove’s treasures, Prayer, Odes, Incense, Grief-

     What can the Arts, or what invidious Age?

     Envy at length her dart aside may lay,

     And thou may’st, blessed, linger here, O sage,

     Nature can ne’er to thee her debt repay.”

     

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  14. TRANSLATION OF WILLARD PARKER

    XIX

    ON THE DEATH OF THE SAME.

    If thou wilt reckon Oh! Bacon what to mankind thou hast given;

     If to the world and the Muses,1

    creditor thou art remaining;

    Love and Jove’s2

    treasury, prayers, poetry, incense, the universe,

    Heaven, the Muses1

    and sorrow never can balance the reckoning;

     What can the arts then avail us?-envied no more are the ancients.

     Therefore relent thee, Oh! Bacon; still to the world remain creditor;

    Nature, alas! in her storehouse, hath not the wealth to repay thee.

    1. Goddesses of Poetry and Art.

    2. King of the gods.

     

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  15. TRANSLATION OF FATHER WILLIAM A. SUTTON

    19.

    ON THE DEATH OF THE SAME.

     If you will claim, O Bacon! as much as you have given to the world and to the muses, or if you mean to be a creditor, love, the world, the muses, Jove’s treasury, prayers, heaven, poetry, incense, grief will stop payment;3 what can the arts do, or envied4 antiquity? At length envy may cease. It is necessary, O Bacon! that you should kindly submit and remain a creditor, ah! nature has not wherewithal to repay you.

    3. Conturbabit. Cf. Sic Pedo conturbat, Matho deficit, so Pedo stops payment, Matho fails.- Juv. vii.

    4. Invidiosa, here means envied, not envious, Cf. Maecenas nostrae spes invidiosa juventae, Maecenas the envied hope of our youth.-Prop. II. i. 83. We need no longer envy antiquity its literary greatness, since we have Bacon’s works.

     

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  16. TRANSLATION OF E.K.RAND

    XVIII

    On the Death of the Most Cultured, and, too, Most

    Noble Man, Francis Lord Verulam,

    Viscount St. Alban.1

    The Day star of the Muses hath fallen ere his time! Fallen ah me, is the very care and sorrow of the Clarian god,2 thy darling, Nature, and the world’s-Bacon: aye-passing strange-the grief of very Death. What privilege did not the cruel Destiny3claim? Death would fain spare, and yet she would it not. Melpomene, chiding, would not suffer it, and spake these words to the stern goddesses: “Never was Atropos truly heartless before now; keep thou all the world, only give my Phoebus back.” Ah me, alas! nor Heaven nor Death nor the Muse, oh Bacon, nor my prayers could bar the fates.

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    1. Translated into German by Cantor, p. xv.

    2. Phoebus is meant.

    3. Parca.

     

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  17. TRANSLATION OF THE BACON SOCIETY

    [ELEGY 18]

    On the death of the man most eminent in literature and the most

    honourable lord, Francis Bacon, Viscount St. Alban.

    “He died too soon, who bore the Muses’ light,

    Great Claros’ god a grievous sorrow owned:

     BACON, thou, Nature and Mankind’s delight,

     By Death himself art, passing strange, bemoaned.

     What license to her will did Fate not grant?

     For she, though Death would spare, ordained the grave

     Wherefore Melpomene intolerant

     Unto the goddess Fate her pleading gave:

     ‘Ah! Atropos, that dost the earth and air

     Hold in thy palm, give thou my Phoebus back.’

     Alas! nor Heaven, nor Earth, nor Muse, nor Prayer

     Of mine could stem, O BACON, Fate’s attack.

     

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  18. TRANSLATION OF WILLARD PARKER

    XVIII

    ON THE DEATH OF THE MOST LEARNED AND

    NOBLEST OF MEN, FRANCIS LORD VERULAM,

    VISCOUNT OF ST. ALBAN.

    Fallen alas! ere his time is the noble Day-star of the Muses.1

     Perished alas! is the sorrow and care of the great God of Claros.2

     Bacon, the darling of Nature, and of the world too; but strangest,

     Of Death itself, special sorrow. Death would have spared him but Destiny

     Cruelly claimed him. Melpomene,3 chiding, spake thus unto Atropos4

     “Never before wast thou heartless! Take the world, give back my Phoebus!” 5

     Ah me! alas! neither Heaven, Death, nor the Muse, Oh! my Bacon,

     Nay, nor my prayers, were availing to bar thy fate melancholy!

     

    1. Goddesses of Poetry.

    2. An Ionian town noted for the temple and oracle of Apollo or Phoebus, leader of the Muses.

    3. Muse of Tragedy.

    4. One of the three Fates-the severer of the thread of human life.

    5. Apollo.

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  19. TRANSLATION OF FATHER WILLIAM A. SUTTON

    18.

    ON THE DEATH OF THE MOST LEARNED AND NOBLE

    FRANCIS, LORD VERULAM, VISCOUNT ST. ALBANS.

     The day-star of the Muses has set before his hour! the special care and special grief, alas! of the Clarion1 God has perished, Bacon, thy darling, O! Nature! and the world’s; the special sorrow of death itself, which is a marvel. Why was not cruel fate willing to allow herself liberty? Death would be willing to spare, but fate refused. Melpomene rebuking would not endure this; and addressed the dire goddesses in these words:-Atropos, never before truly cruel; take the whole world, only give me back my Phoebus. Ah! woe is me! neither heaven, nor death, nor the muse O Bacon! nor my prayers prevented your doom.2

     

    1. Claros, a small town on the Ionian coast with a celebrated temple and oracle of Apollo, surnamed Clarius.

    2. This poem from beginning to end affords the strongest support to the Baconian theory. Bacon is called “the day-star of the Muses.” He is the chief care and grief of Apollo, their leader, god of poetry, music, &c. Melpomene above all is concerned for him. Now Melpomene, the songstress, is the muse of tragedy, and Shakespeare compared with himself even, is supreme, unapproachable in tragedy. The muse of tragedy recognises this and calls him, not her disciple or votary-no matter how excelling-but her Phoebus, her god. Such was Bacon to the poetic eye of the scholar who wrote this elegy, and such and so much space did he fill in the eyes of many other contemporaries-some represented by these memorials. No doubt Melpomene or any muse need not always stand for the goddess of that department of poetry she is usually entrusted with. Horace certainly speaks of Melpomene as goddess of poets generally, but this does not lessen at all the force of the testimony here supplied.

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  20. We have long enjoyed Mather Walker’s works. An incredibly unique and insightful writer and his love for Francis Bacon always shines through like in this beautiful essay excerpt from ‘What Francis Bacon Means To Me’ from 2004 https://sirbacon.org/mathermean.htm

    ‘We, who live today, dwell on the apex of a vast pyramid of human achievement; achievement accumulated through many long struggles in the service of science and technology.  We reap these benefits each day in a thousand ways: electricity, television, telephones, aeronautics, and medicine; without giving thought to our debt.  But it all goes back to Bacon.  He set it all in motion.  He was the one who prepared the unique soil that enabled it to grow, and he was the one who planted the unique seed from which it grew.  Prometheus was a myth.  Francis Bacon was real, and his achievements far greater than any imagination could conceive.’

    Mather Walker R.I.P

     

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  21. TRANSLATION OF E.K.RAND

    XVII

    On the same most Eloquent Man.

    Let Utility look on him,1

    oh ye of better learning,2

    but add a bit of Ithaca, thou forger of tales,3

    and then thou shalt have all.4

                                                E. F. OF KING’S COLLEGE (CAMBRIDGE).

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    1. or ‘take notice;’the idea is, let utilitas be reckoned as one of Bacon’s characteristics.

    2. moniti meliora, i. e. doctiores, men of understanding.

    3 Ulysses is here addressed. Fandi fictor is applied to him in Virgil, AEn. ix. 602.

    4. i. e. with the capacity for useful learning, Bacon unites a sprightly imagination

     

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