by A. Phoenix
It is little known that there are a substantial number of passages by professors and academics relating to the links and connections between Bacon and Shakespeare. These links appear in largely inaccessible or out of the way learned journals or other difficult to obtain publications that the majority of scholars, students and casual readers are unfamiliar with. I have therefore thought on the basis that they may be of interest to a wider audience to gather them together in one place for those with an interest in Francis Bacon and Shakespeare and the authorship of the Shakespeare works.
Two Formats : One is in text form and the other is the video.
Short paper available here: https://www.academia.edu/90586683/Great_and_Rare_Quotes_About_Francis_Bacon_and_The_Shakespeare_Works
The full text PDF is posted below the YouTube video.
by A. Phoenix
There is a generally held belief that Francis Bacon the serious legal, philosophical and scientific mind had no time for or interest in poetry, drama and the theatre. Nothing could be further from the truth. His works of law, science, philosophy, literature, essays, personal letters and even legal charges are permeated throughout with theatrical metaphors and allusions revealing his extensive and profound interest in poetry, drama and the theatre.
by A. Phoenix
Here’s the next short quote video about the Great One dedicated to Lawrence in celebration of 25 wonderful years of sirbacon.org♥️♥️
by A. Phoenix
Following on from Lawrence’s great idea we are going to do a series of short quote videos on and about the Great One. Here’s the first one. We wish to dedicate it to Lawrence in celebration of 25 wonderful years of sirbacon.org♥️♥️
By Rob at Light-of-Truth
I am tickled I met Lawrence before SirBacon.org was live. He added me as yet another Baconian to his vast list of new Baconians even before he had a website!
It was part his dynamic personality. Dude has energy, and it is contagious. Plus the subject matter is fascinating. For we Baconians thanks to Lawrence, it is as if Bacon is reaching out to all of us today and select individuals like Lawrence Gerald are Bacon’s angels merely handing a thread here and there to allow Bacon to jump in. Laugh as you wish. But I am “just sayin’“.
I knew when I saw the Bacon portrait in their hallway that my life just took a turn, then I met Lawrence to solidify it.
SirBacon.org launched on October 10, 1997. I visited Lawrence a few weeks later in 1997. What a thrill to see and participate in the creative artwork and hear what articles were pending. It was like a dam broke and a Baconian flood of information was let loose.
I could go on and on, and I do on the B’Hive often. SirBacon.org became a Baconian bulldozer against all odds. Now 25 years of changing lives and connecting Sir Francis Bacon to new friends.
But what I have created is an intimate friend to friend silly video of a ton of old images from SirBacon.org that possible only me, Lawrence, and Bacon himself would recognize them all. 😉
Lawrence, congratulations on 25 Years of SirBacon.org.
With much Love I hope you enjoy!
NOTE: Most of these images are very low resolution. HD is not possible, watch small. 😉
By A. Phoenix
When many years ago we first came across sirbacon.org we were simply astonished and amazed at the sheer weight of material on the site covering an enormous range of articles and books relating to Francis Bacon and Shakespeare-it was like arriving in a Baconian heaven. To have access to all this material (much of it very rare and inaccessible) gathered together in a single repository represents an unrivalled and incomparable gift to Baconian scholarship and anyone interested in the life and writings of Francis Bacon. For us it was always the first port of call for all things Baconian. All of the Baconian world owes an enormous debt and everlasting gratitude to its founder Lawrence Gerald not only for founding sirbacon.org but also for his unstinting love, enthusiasm and support for us fellow Baconian travellers.
This year 2022 saw the inauguration of the B’Hive forum on sirbacon.org with fellow sirbacon.org companion Rob Fowler at the Baconian helm which provides a public platform for interaction and discussion on all aspects relating to Baconian-Shakespearean scholarship. The B’Hive forum has the added benefit of encouraging and generating new and brilliant discoveries and new areas of research which is evidenced on an almost daily basis from the efforts of its remarkable and innovative contributors. The B’Hive forum is a wonderful ground-breaking innovation to the sirbacon.org website and a platform for the Baconian community which reaches out to the four corners of the globe.
Thanks to Lawrence and Rob, sirbacon.org, the greatest Baconian-Shakespearean website in the world, will shine a light in perpetuity. Lord Bacon would be very proud of what you have achieved for the benefit of lovers of truth all around the world.
Happy 25th Birthday with eternal Love and Thanks!
What Francis Bacon Means to Me
By Christina G. Waldman
October 4, 2022
Francis Bacon knew the power of a metaphor, the ability of a story to teach and convey truths. A visionary, he saw through time and attempted to steer the course of history from his “helm” four hundred years ago. My interest in Shakespeare authorship ties in with an interest in legal history that began for me around 1980 with reading Mark Edwin Andrews’ book, Law versus Equity in The Merchant of Venice: A Legalization of Act IV, Scene 1 (Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 1965). The concept of equity as a component of law is one that truly concerned Francis Bacon and should concern all who care about a definition of justice that includes fairness.
Although planted years earlier, my interest in legal history started to bloom when I began researching for my book, Francis Bacon’s Hidden Hand in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice: A Study of Law, Rhetoric, and Authorship (New York: Algora Publishing, 2018). This research began as a book review at Lawrence Gerald’s suggestion. The historical relationship between rhetoric and equity is fascinating. It can be traced back to the ancient Romans, at least. Like the Roman God Janus which faces forwards and backwards, prudence going forward requires a knowledge of past events and accumulated wisdom. These concepts Bacon taught, for example, in his “Wisdom of the Ancients.”
I believe part of the significance of “Plus Ultra” is that, like a ship’s captain adjusts course in response to new information, so, too, must researchers be willing to consider each “fact” a hypothesis subject to modification by new evidence. That is the major problem I see with considering the case closed in favor of William Shaxpere of Stratford (to whom the works of the poet dramatist published under the name of “William Shakespeare” have been traditionally attributed). While humanity exists, the case for knowledge and truth can never be closed.
Bacon was also interested in the interpretation of dreams, in ways of knowing which cannot be explained logically that involve the unconscious. “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” He himself had had the prophetic dream of his father’s house being plastered over in black mortar, at the time of his father Sir Nicholas Bacon’s death, while he was overseas in France in his youth.
Francis Bacon tried to show humanity the way to think clearly, to recognize the “four idols,” and to know the difference between fact and fiction, between appearance and reality, and to learn to read between the lines. Poetry is an important tool in stimulating the full use of human capabilities. Bacon was big on contrasting opposites. In the juxtaposition of two opposites, one may see each thing being compared more clearly in contradistinction. The theatre is a good example of a juxtaposition of the opposites of appearance and reality (stage and audience). Bacon realized the teaching value of the theatre. He praised the Jesuits’ use of it.
My interest in Shakespeare authorship has led me into a desire to better understand Bacon’s teachings and wisdom. It has also given me a way into understanding the Shakespeare plays better.
Bacon’s writing is eloquent, beautiful in the way that the King James Version of the Bible is beautiful. The English language is what it is today because of Bacon, “Shakespeare,” and the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. In fact, there is evidence that King James did give the KJV over to Bacon for final editing before it saw publication.
The past holds many secrets. Some might argue, what possible good can come of unearthing some of these secrets? But I would say, we should be building history upon a solid foundation of truth, not on shifting sands (as Jesus taught by parable in the Bible). Bacon also recognized that to enter the Kingdom of Heaven one must become as a little child (as Jesus also taught in the Bible).
I am extremely grateful to all at SirBacon.org for giving me the tools and encouragement to start out on an adventure of Baconian exploration that has greatly enriched my life. Plus Ultra!
By A. Phoenix
The central alchemical theme of The Chemical Wedding is the path of transformation that is the transformation of the individual and collective consciousness of the whole wide world. Its interior text with its complex code of signs and symbols and other arcana explores an allegorical path of initiation into the consciousness of the higher self on a spiritual quest of enlightenment. It is the key work of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood founded by Lord Bacon and today Day 287 (kay cipher for Fra Rosicrosse) we have a double Chemical Wedding of celebrating the 25th anniversary of sirbacon.org founded by Lawrence Gerald along with his companion Rob Fowler who have themselves for the last twenty-five years been on a spiritual quest of enlightenment which we fellows Baconians have been honoured and privileged to have travelled some or all of the way with them.
ON BEHALF OF LORD BACON AND BACONIANS ALL AROUND THE WORLD WE SALUTE YOU.
By Julie Kemp
Francis Bacon opened my heart and mind (Geminis indeed) when i read a book of faction about his earliest days and what delivered him to his grand gestalt. Somehow the tragedy of his mother’s rejection of him especially with regard to declaring the truth of so much ‘background’ and heritage moved me to some very emotional weeks about 7 years ago.
My personal context at that time was consumed by caring for, then living with my late widowed mother who died in December 2017. I had retired from professional nursing to attend to this role which i sensed would be slightly disconcerting for us both but i could not bear to be nursing others in my state’s capital city whilst Mum was clinically depressed and alone in a country town. Soon i saw Mum come to laugh and enjoy her TV viewing as i had never seen her do before. Initially i was stunned and stung by the mirth and laughter i heard from her bedroom one night – but i did quickly move to enjoy her reactions and fostered such. My sister too came to see this and told me she thought it was a good thing all was working out so well. Of course my ‘buttons’ were pressed but gently so – it alerted me to just how things do pass on down in families. I sought some counselling with a local psychologist who i have come to admire for her poignant and incisive grasp of things! My own sense of childhood losses, stern discipline and lack of connection came into sharper focus. My genealogy work beginning in 2005 also assuaged heartaches and losses which had given me room to digest fresh insights into family and contexts and how we can get stuck within ourselves and not live the life it’s said we came here for.
So i had lots of ‘hangups’ early on and being the eldest (of four siblings) was one of them! I never married although i could have had i dared to trust and like myself. After years of many hard times mixed with the joys of some international travels, obtaining a university degree in 1983, followed by working in the performing arts as a secretary for several years i returned to professional nursing. In the 90’s i ventured into mental health nursing training and sought my own psychotherapy with the author of the book above alluded to, although at that time i was not involved in getting to ‘know’ ‘Shakespeare’. However many years later i consulted with the psychiatrist again and his 2012 book was on his secretary’s counter. Being told it was a book of fiction, a sort of ‘wisdom’ tale that dealt with Queen Elizabeth I, i was intrigued as i wanted some different reading material and i had had some past life regression (1 session only) which featured this lady!
It took a year before i started reading ‘The Way of the Quest’ by Dr, George Blair-West. It took me back to my young days of reading beloved fables and was rapt; it did though help to get back in touch with my ‘sense of injustice’ and the agony of it. I found myself, now in my mid 60’s restricted to time and place as i never had quite been before. It seemed ‘the Universe’ was gently forcing me perhaps to face myself anew. One day i was talking with Mum in her suite and at one point burst into tears telling her about George’s book. I was sobbing as i tried to explain what it was about and how incensed i felt by the forces forever taking aim at Francis. Mum was a very thoughtful if not outwardly demonstrable person but she was tender towards me yet mystified as to why i was so upset. I was at that time not quite able to reply fully.
I want to remember and retain monarchy (constitutional) which so recently has loomed large on the World Stage Itself. Francis was and is King of Literature and a Prince of All Realms. I want his story now to be told in full as so much is declared nowadays in the name of ‘mental health’. But hey, Francis is one great avatar of ‘mental health’ who lived the range of human experience in a massively toxic age that explains our own. Let’s really look at him anew.
Kindest regards and thanks for your great website Lawrence,