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  1. I wrote to the publisher today to inquire about a PDF of Brian's Book. Will substitute in the biblio the 38page pdf link that we have. Best we can do for now. Archive.org only goes so far with the Irish Times link which I just checked. Thanks Christie for the heads up. We all have eternal appreciation for Brian and his writings.

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    From Mather Walker


    "Twain says we can be absolutely certain the man from Stratford did not write the Shakespeare Works, but as to the question whether Francis Bacon wrote we cannot say we know he wrote them when the evidence is not final and absolutely conclusive. HOWEVER, he then proceeds to demonstrate that in his opinion, Francis Bacon, and only Francis Bacon could have written them. He says,

    "The author of the Plays was equipped, beyond every other man of his time, with wisdom, erudition, imagination, capaciousness of mind, grace and majesty of expression. Every one has said it, no one doubts it. Also, he had humor, humor in rich abundance, and always wanting to break out. We have no evidence of any kind that Shakespeare of Stratford possessed any of these gifts or any of these acquirements."

    And adds,

    ""It is evident that he [Bacon] had each and every one of the mental gifts and each and every one of the acquirements that are so prodigally displayed in the Plays and Poems, and in much higher and richer degree than any other man of his time or of any previous time. He was a genius without a mate, a prodigy not matable. There was only one of him; the planet could not produce two of him at one birth, nor in one age. He could have written anything that is in the Plays and Poems…He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close and rendering it portable. His eloquence would alone have entitled him to a high rank in literature."
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  3. On 11/3/2022 at 12:49 PM, A Phoenix said:

    Hi Christie,

    Thank you for your kind and generous comments and support. 

    I have a copy of the Vicker's article but I can't remember if I have read it and if I have it would have been a long time since. I certainly would have read it for the video if had occured to me.  We are fortunate enough to have the complete 14 volume set of Spedding's standard Life and Works of Francis and it is usually our first port of call.

    We posted the dedication to The Chronicle History of Perkin Warbeck alluding to the Great One in our Quotes About Francis Bacon on 13 October.

    This is my favourite quote about Bacon and Shakespeare from Professor Vickers:

    'In the 1594-5 the festivities lasted from 20 December to Shrovetide (just before Lent); on 28 December 'a comedy of errors (like to Plautus his Menaechmus) was played by the players'. In all probability this was Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors, performed by the company to which he belonged, the Lord Chamberlain's Men: this was perhaps the closest contact that Bacon and Shakespeare ever had.'

    [Brian Vickers, Francis Bacon A Critical Edition of the Major Works (Oxford University Press, 1996), p. 532] 

    Absolutely priceless. You just could not make it up!

                                                                                                                                  All the world's a stage,

                                                                                                   And all the men and women merely players!


    Do you think Brian Vickers has figured out that Mark Twain is Samuel Clemens? Asking for a friend....

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  4. "The distinction between poets and prose writers is a vulgar error… Lord Bacon was a poet. His language has a sweet and majestic rhythm which satisfies the sense, no less than the almost superhuman wisdom of his philosophy satisfies the intellect; it is a strain which distends and then bursts the circumference of the hearer's mind and pours itself forth together with it into the universal element with which it has perpetual sympathy."  Percy Shelley from A Defence of Poetry

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  5. From Wikipedia

    "In February 1567 DeVere was admitted to Gray's Inn to study law.[26]

    On 23 July 1567, while practicing fencing in the backyard of Cecil House in the Strand, the seventeen-year-old Oxford killed Thomas Brincknell, an under-cook in the Cecil household. At the coroner's inquest the next day, the jury, which included Oxford’s servant, and Cecil's protégé, the future historian Raphael Holinshed, found that Brincknell, drunk, had deliberately committed suicide by running onto Oxford's blade. As a suicide, he was not buried in consecrated ground, and all his worldly possessions were confiscated, leaving his pregnant wife destitute. She delivered a still-born child shortly after Brinknell's death. Cecil later wrote that he attempted to have the jury find that Oxford had acted in self defence.[27] "


    Law was not a major study for DeVere and he is without accomplishment in the  law field and there is also no theatrical connection with DeVere at Grays Inn. He was admitted into Grays inn with the help of his father-in-law William Cecil who  5 months later would help save DeVere's bacon from the consequences of a stabbing murder in his household. The above story about the unfortunate  demise of under cook Thomas Brincknell reeks with a major coverup.  The author of Shakespeare had a passion for law and philosophy, the sanctity of life  and pen-names.

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    “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true.
    The other is to refuse to accept what is true.”——Soren Kierkegaard

    My own advancement of learning about Francis Bacon began unexpectedly with a conversation in 1983 with a street vendor in Berkeley, CA named DW Cooper.

    Up until then I knew very little about Francis Bacon and by the Spring of 1989, the philosopher and Bell Helicopter inventor, Arthur Young, invited Cooper and I to host an informal course on Francis Bacon at his Institute for Consciousness Studies in Berkeley, CA. On Sundays Arthur and his wife Ruth hosted an informal group  class on reading Shakespeare plays together and then on Mondays Cooper and I would take one aspect from Bacon’s writings and with printed handouts and have a discussion group.  The subject of the Shakespeare Authorship  began to heat up when in 1989 PBS aired a documentary and Arthur invited  Peter Dawkins and his wife Sarah to visit from England and give a formal talk on Francis Bacon. Peter's knowledge and in depth writing and the creative events that he offers are outstanding. He has been a life long mentor.

     After learning more about Bacon I was motivated to do something after all the slander and misunderstanding that generations got wrong about Francis Bacon (The Four Idols)  and the many roles he played throughout his life. There's no one in history quite like him from his exquisite mind and polymathic interests producing a prodigious output that  spans from being a Philosopher and concealed poet to public servant all for the benefit and relief of man's estate.
    In the early 90's my interest in the subject of FB grew into a passion and things began to take off.
    I got interested in computers and started making digital art for the first time. Then a mutual friend arranged for me to give a public presentation at a Yacht club in Brooklyn. A local newspaper reporter showed up and published an article about the event that included a funny illustration. 
    After the event a friend drove me and a few other friends back to Manhattan and I remember as we drove along the East Side river the distinct smell of bacon! We all laughed.
    In October of 1990 I was living in NYC and took off  on my first of six journeys to England. I was staying in a London Hotel  (pre-internet days) with the aim of wanting to make contact with members of the Francis Bacon Society. I was not having much success. I was at a bit of a crossroads and was thinking of ending my trip early and coming back to NYC. Then one Monday morning I had a very clear dream and saw an image of the Goddess Athena shaking her lance. It was the only time that I had this dream and when I awoke I was feeling much better about my uncertainties. It was the start  of the many synchronicities that I would encounter along this journey. A couple of hours after the dream I received a phone call  from the Treasurer of the Bacon Society, T.D. Bokenham aka "Bokey" and we made arrangements to meet at a restaurant in Earl's Court the next day. This would be  the first of several meetings with Bokey who specialized in Bacon ciphers. Along with purchasing my first copies of Baconianas and other books he had for sale we had wonderful conversations. We would stay in touch over the years  via correspondence.
    Bokey also introduced me to Francis Carr the art historian and writer who invited me to go on field trips to St. Albans and Gorhambury, Twickenham, and Hampton Court. Carr had been working on this notion that Bacon was the author of Don Quixote which at first I thought was bonkers and then after getting past my initial bias saw how much it made sense and fit like a glove.
    Carr was a funny guy and  and shared some amazing stories from his days as a soldier during WWII when stationed in Italy. We laughed alot and I greatly appreciated the fun times we shared. He had a long time  dedication to the Bacon cause and at one point in the early 1960's had a court case against Stratford upon Avon for defrauding the public. The case was drawn to a legal standstill.
    I remember attending one of Peter Dawkins' public  talks on Bacon at the St James's Church in Piccadilly. It was there that Peter introduced me to Mark Rylance and we made  arrangements for an in depth interview in his flat a few days later. It was during this time that Mark was about to become the first Director of the new Shakespeare Globe Theatre at Bankside and he preferred that I delay making our interview public until some time passed. I understood and agreed to this as he didn't want to be seen as a Shakespeare heretic at the beginning of his new position. At this time the Shakespeare Controversy was somewhat of a stigma, again pre internet days.
    Since the launch of sirbacon in 1997, there have have been many exceptional contributors that I am grateful to that continue passing on the lamp of tradition along with the many dedicated members of the Francis Bacon Society since 1886 to present time.
    We all have a connection and admiration and feel the need to bring clarity and reveal the unusual  life circumstances and enthralling genius of Sir Francis Bacon and his prodigious and generous output.  And  like a supernova that that once existed his light will continue to shine, inspire, cause wonder, and debate for generations to come.
    Plus Ultra
    Lawrence Gerald
    October 2022
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  7. Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable Event
    Our 3 Speaker Fundraiser Event is fast approaching this Saturday, October 15th, 11AM-1PM PST The theme is: Did Many Hands Make Light Work, Was Elizabethan England the world's greatest Salon or the birthplace of a single literary Genius?
    We are excited to welcome Peter Dawkins, who will speak on Francis Bacon, Ros Barber, who will speak on Christopher Marlowe, and Rosemary O’Loughlin, who will present part of her Edinburgh Fringe 2022 one woman show on Edward de Vere, "A Rose by Any Other Name”. We will have a recording of the event, BUT Rosemary's performance will not be posted online so we really recommend attending in person because it will be informative and entertaining.
    You can reserve a ticket via Eventbrite for as little as $1 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shakespeare-did-many-hands-make-light-work-tickets-417722508267 
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    Here is the zoom link in any case. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87024979811
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