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The Unrecognized Cambridge Manuscript written by the 12 year old Francis Bacon & the Taming of the Shrew


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Revealed for the first time an unrecognised Francis Bacon philosophical-scientific manuscript entitled Giardino Cosmografico Cultivato (Cultivated Cosmographical Garden)  prefaced by Greek and Latin poems from Lady Anne Cooke Bacon and her three sisters Lady Mildred Cooke Cecil, Lady Elizabeth Cooke Hoby and Lady Katherine Cooke Killigrew. The unique manuscript (Cambridge University MS Li.537) presented as being the work of one Dr Bartholo Sylva (who is not known to have written any other work during his lifetime) is copied out in the fine Italic hand of the Bacon family calligraphist and illuminator Petruccio Ubaldini. This little known figure who spent much time with the Bacon family at Gorhambury and York House and had a long hitherto hidden and obscured relationship with Francis Bacon for more than thirty years is here established for the first time as the model for Petruccio in The Taming of the Shrew. In the play Petruccio pursues Katherine who shares the same Christian name of Bacon’s aunt Katherine Cooke Killigrew, younger sister of Lady Anne Cooke Bacon. In The Taming of the Shrew Katherine has a sister named Bianca from which can be derived the anagrammatic contraction AN BAC that clearly suggests the name Anne Bacon. In the play while able to choose from a countless number of names our supreme poet and dramatist gives Petruccio’s father the name Antonio, the Italian form of the Christian name of Anthony Bacon. He also furnishes Petruccio with several servants who are met with after his marriage to Katherine at his country house two of whom are named Nicholas and Nathaniel the same Christian names of his two elder half-brothers (from Lord Keeper Nicholas Bacon’s first marriage) Sir Nicholas and Sir Nathaniel Bacon. Thus hidden in plain sight the controversial comedy The Taming of the Shrew seen for what it is, was a Bacon family affair, a humorous send-up written by the supreme family poet, Francis Bacon.   

Paper: https://www.academia.edu/45576461/Francis_Bacons_Unrecognised_Cambridge_Manuscript_and_The_Taming_of_The_Shrew

Video: https://youtu.be/EXMUhRzrOxw

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Francis Bacon - A Child Prodigy

We learn from those who were closest to Francis Bacon that they were privy to his secret life and writings from his concealed royal birth, of his Rosicrucian Brotherhood and his authorship of the Shakespeare works. They knew that he was a child prodigy or genius and that he started writing and producing a variety of different works from a very early age. How do we know-because they simply tell us. His private secretary and chaplain who lived with Lord Bacon for the last ten years of his life, a member of his Rosicrucian Brotherhood, and his first editor and English biography, states that:

Paper: https://www.academia.edu/45576461/Francis_Bacons_Unrecognised_Cambridge_Manuscript_and_The_Taming_of_The_Shrew

Video: https://youtu.be/EXMUhRzrOxw

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'The Wonder of All'

The biographer David Lloyd (1635-92) who knew members of Bacon’s Rosicrucian Brotherhood and had access to private information about his secret life and writings stated:

Paper: https://www.academia.edu/45576461/Francis_Bacons_Unrecognised_Cambridge_Manuscript_and_The_Taming_of_The_Shrew

Video: https://youtu.be/EXMUhRzrOxw

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15 hours ago, A Phoenix said:

Francis Bacon - A Child Prodigy

We learn from those who were closest to Francis Bacon that they were privy to his secret life and writings from his concealed royal birth, of his Rosicrucian Brotherhood and his authorship of the Shakespeare works. They knew that he was a child prodigy or genius and that he started writing and producing a variety of different works from a very early age. How do we know-because they simply tell us. His private secretary and chaplain who lived with Lord Bacon for the last ten years of his life, a member of his Rosicrucian Brotherhood, and his first editor and English biography, states that:

Paper: https://www.academia.edu/45576461/Francis_Bacons_Unrecognised_Cambridge_Manuscript_and_The_Taming_of_The_Shrew

Video: https://youtu.be/EXMUhRzrOxw

#TamingoftheShrew #Cambridge #FrancisBacon #Shakespeare

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In her hand-written monograph, The History of Gorhambury, Lady Grimston confirms that this wonderful bust and the two companion terracotta portraits of Sir Nicholas and Lady Anne were situated in the Library at Old Gorhambury. I wonder why Francis was depicted with his head shaved - to emphasise the size and shape of his skull, perhaps?

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9 minutes ago, Eric Roberts said:

In her hand-written monograph, The History of Gorhambury, Lady Grimston confirms that this wonderful bust and the two companion terracotta portraits of Sir Nicholas and Lady Anne were situated in the Library at Old Gorhambury. I wonder why Francis was depicted with his head shaved - to emphasise the size and shape of his skull, perhaps?

And Anthony was not the object of any busts or paintings. How strange.

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 'Above the Reach of his Contemporaries'

Let us dwell for a moment on what Lloyd hints at - At twelve, Lloyd says, Francis Bacon’s industry was above the capacity, and his extraordinary mind above the reach of his contemporaries. In other words at twelve years old this extraordinary prodigy who according to some became the greatest English philosopher of all time and to others the greatest poet and playwright the world has ever seen, already had a mind beyond those of his contemporaries. Now let us also carefully consider the other half of his statement, namely that the industry of this incomparable genius was also above his contemporaries. It is clear that Lloyd is privy to the still concealed secret that Francis Bacon was prodigiously writing and producing works before he was twelve years old, none of which have ever officially yet emerged into the light of day. Today one of those writings will be revealed here for the first time.  

Paper: https://www.academia.edu/45576461/Francis_Bacons_Unrecognised_Cambridge_Manuscript_and_The_Taming_of_The_Shrew

Video: https://youtu.be/EXMUhRzrOxw

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Stewart & Knight

That through his incredible industry Francis Bacon went on to produce a wide variety of writings including legal, religious and political tracts, and a series of dramatic masques, devices and entertainments, that were circulated in manuscript (more than twenty in fact) often anonymously or in the name of others is succinctly confirmed by his modern editors Stewart and Knight:  

Paper: https://www.academia.edu/45576461/Francis_Bacons_Unrecognised_Cambridge_Manuscript_and_The_Taming_of_The_Shrew

Video: https://youtu.be/EXMUhRzrOxw

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The Bacon Family

From the late 1560s through to the early 1570s and beyond the Bacon family country estate at Gorhambury headed by Sir Nicholas and Lady Anne Bacon was a refuge and hotbed for radical Protestant and Puritan dissidents. This radical group included the Cambridge evangelical preacher Edward Dering who on 25 preached at court before the queen attacking the corrupt church hierarchy holding her directly responsible ‘while that all these whordoms are committed’ which you sit idly by and let happen. Needless to say his personal tirade directed at Queen Elizabeth caused very grievous offence and he was suspended from preaching. Whilst Dering was deeply unpopular with Queen Elizabeth he enjoyed the support of a number of powerful patrons such as Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, as well as Henry Killigrew and his wife Katherine Cooke Killigrew, along with the rest of the Cooke sisters, Lady Mildred Cooke Cecil, Lady Elizabeth Cooke Hoby, and Lady Anne Cooke Bacon. 

Paper: https://www.academia.edu/45576461/Francis_Bacons_Unrecognised_Cambridge_Manuscript_and_The_Taming_of_The_Shrew

Video: https://youtu.be/EXMUhRzrOxw

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2 hours ago, A Phoenix said:

The Bacon Family

From the late 1560s through to the early 1570s and beyond the Bacon family country estate at Gorhambury headed by Sir Nicholas and Lady Anne Bacon was a refuge and hotbed for radical Protestant and Puritan dissidents. This radical group included the Cambridge evangelical preacher Edward Dering who on 25 preached at court before the queen attacking the corrupt church hierarchy holding her directly responsible ‘while that all these whordoms are committed’ which you sit idly by and let happen. Needless to say his personal tirade directed at Queen Elizabeth caused very grievous offence and he was suspended from preaching. Whilst Dering was deeply unpopular with Queen Elizabeth he enjoyed the support of a number of powerful patrons such as Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, as well as Henry Killigrew and his wife Katherine Cooke Killigrew, along with the rest of the Cooke sisters, Lady Mildred Cooke Cecil, Lady Elizabeth Cooke Hoby, and Lady Anne Cooke Bacon. 

Paper: https://www.academia.edu/45576461/Francis_Bacons_Unrecognised_Cambridge_Manuscript_and_The_Taming_of_The_Shrew

Video: https://youtu.be/EXMUhRzrOxw

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Dering_(priest)

A Sermon Preached before the Queen's Majesty, 25 February, 1569

https://archive.org/details/mderingsworkesmo0000deri/page/n17/mode/2up

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Collinson informs us that both Burghley and Sir Nicholas Bacon presided over the Star Chamber examination of Dering's beliefs in 1573.

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Professor Schliener

With Dering still out in the royal cold through 1571 and 1572 Lady Bacon and her sisters Lady Mildred Cecil, Lady Elizabeth Hoby and Katherine Killigrew set in motion a plan to restore Dering to favour with Elizabeth by offering as a present via its dedicatee her favourite Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester a scientific-philosophical treatise written in Italian entitled the Giardino Cosmografica Coltivato (Cultivated Cosmographical Garden) attributed to one Bartholo Sylva (CUL MS li.5.37). Without any trumpet call or fanfare this previously unknown manuscript hidden away in the vaults of the Cambridge University Library was first discovered by Professor Louise Schleiner sometime prior to the publication of her Tudor and Stuart Women Writers by Indiana University Press 1994. The still relatively unknown manuscript has not yet given up its true authorship or its hidden connection to Bacon’s Shakespeare play The Taming of the Shrew. 

Paper: https://www.academia.edu/45576461/Francis_Bacons_Unrecognised_Cambridge_Manuscript_and_The_Taming_of_The_Shrew

Video: https://youtu.be/EXMUhRzrOxw

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Dedication to Dudley

The manuscript is prefaced by a four page dedication written in Italian addressed to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester signed ‘Bartholo Sylua da Turino Medico’. It includes prefatory poems in Greek, Latin, and other languages, by Dering himself, his recent bride, the translator and religious activist Anne Vaughan Locke Dering, and the four Cooke sisters Lady Mildred Cooke Cecil, Lady Elizabeth Cooke Hoby, Lady Katherine Cooke Killigrew and Lady Anne Cooke Bacon, which all insist Dering was responsible for converting Dr Bartholo Sylva to the Protestant faith all part of the ploy to rehabilitate and restore Dering back to royal favour. The two Greek poems by Dering, one addressed to Dr Bartholo Sylva, and the other ‘On Himself’, both play on the closeness between the Latin word silva, meaning wood or forest, and Bartholo’s surname Sylva. The manuscript written in a fine italic hand with striking illustrations is the work of a scribe who signs himself D.M. Pettrucho, a Florentine.

Paper: https://www.academia.edu/45576461/Francis_Bacons_Unrecognised_Cambridge_Manuscript_and_The_Taming_of_The_Shrew

Video: https://youtu.be/EXMUhRzrOxw

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The 'Silva' Metaphor

In their verses Anne Dering Locke, Lady Mildred Cooke Cecil, Lady Cooke Killigrew and Lady Anne Cooke Bacon extensively plays on the ‘silva’ metaphor, with specific mention of the forest, the woods, woodland, and the garden. The Latin verse by Lady Anne Cooke Bacon highlights the very title of the work Cultivated Cosmographical Garden) pointing to the vastness of its philosophical-scientific ambition incorporated in the microcosm of man and macrocosm of the universe:

Paper: https://www.academia.edu/45576461/Francis_Bacons_Unrecognised_Cambridge_Manuscript_and_The_Taming_of_The_Shrew

Video: https://youtu.be/EXMUhRzrOxw

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Chaos to Universal Harmony

The manuscript is itself a curious and remarkable mixture of ancient philosophical wisdom and the emerging sciences surrounding man and his place in the universe, the microcosm and macrocosm (the central theme of the Rosicrucian manifestos founded according to the German Rosicrucian Michael Maier in 1570-1 around the time of this manuscript), containing complex diagrams and cosmographical illustrations tracing the journey of chaos to universal harmony. The Rosicrucian manifestos heralded as indicated by the work and title of the pamphlet (containing their first manifesto Fama Fraternitatis) The Universal Reformation of the Whole World through philosophy and science for the future benefit of humankind.

Paper: https://www.academia.edu/45576461/Francis_Bacons_Unrecognised_Cambridge_Manuscript_and_The_Taming_of_The_Shrew

Video: https://youtu.be/EXMUhRzrOxw

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Francis Bacon's Universal Reformation Conceived When he was a Boy

It was around this time or just shortly after (during his residence at Cambridge where this manuscript is now housed which began in 1573), his great biographer Spedding enigmatically reveals, that the idea of a universal reformation and the future fortunes of the human race occurred to the young Francis Bacon:

Paper: https://www.academia.edu/45576461/Francis_Bacons_Unrecognised_Cambridge_Manuscript_and_The_Taming_of_The_Shrew

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I wondered (with the idea that Bartholo Silva could be a pen-name) if the choice of Bartholo as First Name could have, as Silva, an important meaning.

The name Bartholo derives from Bartholomew and could be a reference to Bartholomew of Lucca also know as  ... Ptolemy da Lucca.

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartholomew_of_Lucca

It could be a hidden reference to Claudius Ptolemy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy whose work seems to be described in the Manuscript.

https://pages.uoregon.edu/jschombe/glossary/ptolemy.html

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The Authorship

It apparently did not occur to Professor Schleiner to question the authorship of Dr Bartholo Sylva (a doctor of medicine) of the manuscript book Giardino Cosmografica Coltivato (Cultivated Cosmographical Garden) a manuscript self-evidently written by someone with a profound and wide interest in ancient and modern philosophy and the various branches of the sciences, as well as ancient and Renaissance poets. Following Professor Schleiner the Cambridge manuscript has been examined and discussed by Dr Chris Laoutaris in his full-length work on Lady Elizabeth Cooke Russell entitled Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe (2015); by Professor Phillippy in another full-length work on Lady Russell entitled The Writings of an English Sappho (2011); and Dr Gemma Allen in the first published full-length work on the four siblings entitled The Cooke sisters: Education, piety and politics in early modern England (2013). Like Schleiner none of these authoritative scholars has ever once questioned the authorship of Dr Bartholo Sylva even though in the fullness of his lifetime in both Italy and in England he is not known to have written any other published or unpublished work on any subject whatsoever.

Paper: https://www.academia.edu/45576461/Francis_Bacons_Unrecognised_Cambridge_Manuscript_and_The_Taming_of_The_Shrew

Video: https://youtu.be/EXMUhRzrOxw

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