The Shakespeare Code


By Virginia M. Fellows

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Virginia Fellows was born in the tiny prairie town of Jordan Valley, Oregon sixty miles from the closest railroad. Her parents, easterners themselves, had heeded the popular call of their day to 'Go west, young man'. Later they moved to the more metropolitan area of Boise, Idaho and there Virginia began her education. She attended Scripps College in Claremont, California and graduated from the University of Washington at Seattle. Transported to Michigan at the time of her marriage, she continued her education at the University of Michigan while raising four children. She considers several trips to Europe, India, South America and the Pacific Islands to have been an important part of that education. Intrigued from childhood by the mysterious and the unfamiliar, after her family left home, she discovered the fascination of mystical studies that led her to spend time at the one-of-a-kind Summit University in Pasadena, California (S.U. is now located in Montana). It was there that her fascination with the remarkable world of Francis Bacon began. The Shakespeare Code explains a few of the amazing facts that she discovered after years of research about this great and only partially understood philosopher. Although she has numerous articles and pamphlets published on the subject, this is her first full-length book. She plans a second book that will delve into the further mysteries of occult wisdom in which Bacon was involved after his so-called 'philosophic' death.


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"It is impossible," wrote one critic whose name I do not recall, "to write an uninteresting book about Shakespeare". Certainly a broad statement considering the reams of print published about that famous genius in the past four centuries; and yet it is not entirely without logic. Although the name of William Shakespeare has topped the list of more than one category in the recent millennial roundup as being the most influential writer of the western world, readers have sensed an indefinable aura of mystery surrounding the great dramas. Something seems to be missing - and indeed it is. Only half the story has been told. The half that is omitted is filled with more drama, intrigue, codes, false identity, tragedy, betrayal and mystery than any popular fiction author would dare dream up. It was this clear element of mystery that first caught my interest. When I learned that there was doubt about the authenticity of the tale told by orthodox sources, not from any ill will on their part but from a conspiracy of silence created from the very beginning on the part of the playwright, I was hooked. A baffling enigma seems somehow to have been hidden behind the screen of these incredibly brilliant plays. Next I learned that some researchers believed that Francis Bacon was the real author and that he had eventually become the great adept known as Saint Germain. That was all the inspiration I needed. Unaware of the complexity of the story I was about to encounter. I was off with the enthusiasm of a novice on an eager search for clues to these enigmas that appear to have surrounded the whole question of authorship from the very beginning.


Could the plays really have been the work of the famous British philosopher-scientist-author known as Francis Bacon? I was soon to be, and am still these many years later, in constant amazement at what I learned. The influence and reflection on our modern world of the life of that remarkable man is little known or understood by the mainstream historian. Much of what is taught about him is either in error or misinterpreted. Neither the exact time nor the circumstances of his birth are known, nor is the true identity of his parents. His life is a puzzle, his death a mystery. A mere fraction of his real contribution to the world has been revealed. This twenty-first century is to be a time of many disclosures; it is the time that the full details of the ‘Shakespeare controversy’ should be resolved. "Why standest thou as though mystery thou dids’t?" wrote Bacon’s friend Ben Jonson. Only a handful of serious ‘detectives’ have cared to pierce to the heart of the enigma.


The first step of my research was a visit to the Francis Bacon Library in Claremont, California where a fine collection of Bacon-related books endowed by philanthropist Walter Arensberg had been preserved. Arensberg , staunch but sometimes over-enthusiastic, was a great Bacon admirer during the early 20th century. (The attractive little library has now been closed and the collection taken over by the prestigious Huntington Library in Pasadena.) I asked the director Elizabeth Wrigley to recommend one single book that would give the true history of Francis Bacon. "There is no such thing," she answered, "you will have to be the one to write it."


Since that time I have visited dozens of fine university and public libraries, I have prowled through new and used bookstores and interviewed many people through letters and personal contacts. I have acquired a collection of Baconian books and have kept in close touch with the Francis Bacon Society in London. This scholarly group was formed in the 19th century to explore the real facts of the Bacon-Shakespeare story. They are devoted seekers after the truth and have revealed many fascinating facts about the Elizabethan aristocrat; but even they have not reached one final conclusion about him. The one fact they do agree on is that Bacon was the true author of the works of Shakespeare.


Early in my research that strange phenomenon which Jung called ‘synchronicity’ brought me in touch with the single most amazing Baconian artifact that I could have imagined. Most readers are familiar with such surprising events - suddenly out of nowhere, just at the right time and the right place, some essential object or information will appear as though a genie had been at work behind the scenes. For me this surprise came in the shape of a strange wooden contraption known as a Cipher Wheel. On it in a most ingenious code is recorded the true story of Francis Bacon, an account actually and incredibly written by him in his own words. It is a story that changes the current concept of English history. No longer was guesswork necessary. Now the task was to fit the details of Bacon’s life as the cipher gives it into accepted records of history. The Shakespeare Code is my attempt to do just that and to explain what the Cipher Wheel is and why Bacon felt the need to create it. It is a poignant and tragic tale but one that ends on unexpected note of triumph - a story that is crying to be told.


Chapter One


A Tale of Two Strangers


Revealing of secrets is not for worldly use, but for the ease of man’s heart.


In the last quarter of the 19th century a lone horse and buggy could be seen at almost any hour of the day or night jogging along the dusty roads surrounding the city of Detroit. Dr. Owen, a young physician whom those who knew him best were certain would one day be the most outstanding surgeon in the state, possessed not only an amazing memory but also a commendable sense of responsibility. As the doctor drove his horse and buggy on his daily rounds he became aware that he was allowing his concerns about one patient to be carried on to the next. In order to clear his mind between calls he took to reciting poetry aloud to the clop-clop-clop of his horse’s hooves. Soon he began to learn this poetry by heart. As a great lover of Shakespearean verse, he eventually decided to commit to memory all the works of this favorite poet of his thirty-seven plays, two long narrative poems, a hundred and fifty-four sonnets plus the enigmatic The Phoenix and the Turtle.


In due time, Dr. Owen had learned them all so well that his dinner companions considered it a fine parlor trick to test his memory by reciting a line from a play and challenging Owen to identify the right act and scene. This was no problem to Owen - he could easily quote even the following and the preceding lines. The only times he was uncertain was when he found lines in Shakespeare that were nearly identical from one play to another. In this case he would have to ask that further lines be quoted.


These repetitions puzzled Owen just as they have puzzled other scholars before and after this time. He pondered over them and even more over the out-of-context passages that occurred so frequently in the plays. There were also strange passages that made no sense. No one seemed able to explain theses any more than they could explain certain oddly related sections that appeared from play to play for no apparent reason and at random.
























































































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