Minerva Britannia

Emblematic picture dedicated "To the most judicious, and learned, Sir Francis Bacon, Knight" is found in the 1612 book, Minerva Britannia. "The emblem shows Bacon's direct connection with the Knights of the Helmet from which Freemasonry evolved. The Knight is wearing a high hat which simulates the Knight's Helmet and the Mason's high hat, to indicate his order and invisibilty; and he has the staff in his right hand in the act of destroying the Serpent of Ignorance."--from Bacon Masonry by George Tudhope

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