Francis Rosicross

by Karl F. Hollenbach


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Table of Contents







Chapter 1.

The Bacon-Shakespeare Controversy


Chapter 2

The Rosicrucian Enlightenment




Chapter 3. Shakespeare


Chapter 4. Shakspere


Chapter 5. Francis Bacon


Chapter 6. Francis Rosicross




Chapter 7.
The Sonnets and Poems


Chapter 8. The Plays


Chapter 9. Monuments, Manuscripts & Miscellany




Chapter 10. Fruits of the Great Instauration


Epilogue: Sons and Good Pens


Books for further reading




Dear Baconian,
Uniquely different from the many publications about Bacon-Shakespeare of this and the last century, Francis Rosicross by Karl F. Hollenbach provides for reader-comparison four separate biographies of the author poet Shakespeare and the actor Shakespere as well as of the exoteric (public) and esoteric (private) Life of Francis Bacon. The reader will readily identify the biography of the author and poet Shakespeare with the esoteric and exoteric biographies of Francis Bacon but will have difficulty reconciling it with the life of the actor Shakespere of Stratford.

"Thirty-three detailed examples of evidence from ciphers and other indications of Baconian authorship from the Shakespeare Sonnets and poems, the plays and from miscellaneous manuscripts and monuments (
Find out about the Cypher on the Shakespeare statue in Westminster Abbey.) enable the reader to make a judgment that Shakespeare was Bacon.

A major significant difference from other books about the authorship question is found in the final two chapters which ask and answer the questions: "What does it matter who wrote the play's?" and "Where does it all lead?"

Sandra H. Huff, Vice President and Secretary of the Rosicrucian Order said,"Francis Rosicross is an important piece of research, and very interesting to read . . . members, as well as the public, will enjoy this book."

The following is about the
cover painting by Barbara Gaffney.

Francis Rosicross is an emblematic painting of Francis Bacon in the modern robes of an Imperator of the Rosicrucian Order. Bacon stands in the paneled Compton Room of Medieval Canonbury Tower in London. He holds a pair of compasses, a symbol of Masonry, in his hand and points to a map of the New World which covers another one of Bohemia and Central Europe. This allegorizes the establishment by Bacon of the Masonic-Rosicruican Reformation in the New World after its loss of Bohemia by the Protestant King Frederick V to the Catholic Emperor Ferdinand II.

On the mantel five of Bacon's six volumes of the Great Instauration are numbered I, II, III, V, and VI. A single book lying on the table is open to the title page of the 1623 First Folio of "Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories & Tragedies." Below the title is the engraving of Shakespeare. On the opposite page is the verse "To the Reader."

The inference that this single book is the missing volume IV of Bacon's The Great Instauration is reinforced by the shadow of Bacon's head touching it.

The two AthenA andirons before the fireplace depict Bacon's Muse while her shield serves as a firebreak. Glowing embers allude to the transmutation of the alchemists and the purity of the Vestal fires.

The floor is a chessboard on which are two chess pieces. In the forefront the overturned red king declares Bacon's rejection of the English throne as a Tudor prince. In the background a red pawn, having moved through it's knight's row to the powerful seventh square, proclaims a different kingly role for Bacon, who was knighted by James I. The red pawn like Bacon stands before the door opening to Light.

A North American monarch butterfly, perched atop a medieval bench and facing the Light emerging from the open door, represents the spirit of the New Age emerging from the Medieval Age ready to fly into the Light.

The sunlight from the window creates a nimbus around Bacon's head, which is centered on the cross design of the panelled wall, and symbolizes his role as an Emissary of Hierarchy.

************** - Sir Francis Bacon's New Advancement of Learning