Welcome to this website about the life and work—open and secret—of Sir Francis Bacon and those connected with him.

Sir Francis Bacon, Baron Verulam of Verulam, Viscount Saint Alban (1561-1626), was not only a recognised genius but also a man of many parts—a renowned philosopher, poet, orator, author, essayist, cryptographer, courtier, lawyer, parliamentarian, statesman, intellectual reformer and master of the English tongue. He was the first QC and KC, and in later life became Lord Keeper of the Great Seal and Lord Chancellor, with the titles Baron Verulam of Verulam and Viscount St Alban.

Bacon lived during the height of the English Renaissance and the beginning of the modern era, of which he is considered to be a major founder. Not only was he likened to Plato, as “the Third after Plato” (or “the Third Plato”), but the Royal Society of England acknowledged him as their instaurator, as also did the French Academy of France.
Bacon was also a man of mystery—a Freemason, Rosicrucian and “concealed poet”, acknowledged as “The very nerve of genius, the marrow of persuasion, the golden stream of eloquence, the precious gem of concealed literature,” the “Light-bearer” and “Day-Star of the Muses”, “leader of the choir of Muses and their disciples,” and renovator of Philosophy by means of Comedy and Tragedy (i.e. stage plays).
Likened to both Apollo and Pallas Athena, the Spear-shaker, Bacon led a studio of “good pens” and both inaugurated and led the Shakespeare scene. Clues to his mystery are given in his unique titles, Baron Verulam of Verulam, which means ‘Spear-shaker of Verulamium’, and Viscount St Alban, which is the name of the Romano-British saint, St Alban, the reputed founder of Freemasonry in England.

Why do we think this is important? What relevance has it today?

Latest News

New YouTube Video

The following new video in the Bacony Series can now be viewed: -

#4, 'Four Levels of Consciousness & Angels and Metaphysical Forms' - A conversation between Peter Dawkins and Saira Salmon, with Peter explaining Francis Bacon’s identification of four levels of consciousness, physical and metaphysical, the laws of which we should strive to know.

Other videos in this series already published are: -

#1, 'Bacon's Method'

#2, 'The Project of the Great Instauration'

#3, 'New Atlantis & Utopia'

Further videos in this series will be made available over the coming weeks.

All videos may be viewed in the Francis Bacon Research Trust YouTube Channel.

New Events

'The Founding of the Historical Rosicrucians and Establishing of the Rosicrucian Work' (18 Oct 2019) – Talks 1 & 2 of the series 'Bacon & the Rosicrucians' for the Francis Bacon Society. FBS members & FBRT Friends only. Speaker: Peter Dawkins.

'Exploring the Beauty of Portugal' (14-21 May 2020) – A Grail Pilgrimage within the 'Face' of Europe led by Peter and Sarah Dawkins, Jonathan Tod and Tara Donovan.

New Essay

'Francis Bacon & the Earl of Essex' – A historical sketch of Francis Bacon's association with Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, the Shakespeare Circle, the Essex Rebellion and Essex's Trial.

Shakespeare Events

'Thus leaning on my elbow I begin' (16-17 Nov 2019) – Wisdom of Shakespeare weekend, led by Peter Dawkins and Julia Cleave, exploring the extraordinary story of royal bastards and the just rights of inheritance and succession in Shakespeare’s The Life and Death of King John, including a visit to see a Saturday evening performance of the play at The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Next year we will be offering another Mystery of Shakespeare event, this time in Florence, Italy (28 March - 3 April 2020). The Shakespeare play we will be focussing on will be 'All's Well That Ends Well', but we will also look into the influence on Shakespeare of Ficino and the hermetic-artistic-cabalistic Renaissance mystery stream originating from Florence, and more. Details will follow soon.

Recent Essays:

'Something from Nothing: Light from Dark' – The great philosophical question, answered by the great philosophers, scientists, religions and mystery schools, including Sir Francis Bacon and John Dee.

'The European Myth and Mystery' – The myths that describe Europe’s role in the world and the mysteries associated with them that are not only connected with Francis Bacon but are extremely relevant today.

Recommended Videos:

The 'Holy Trinity' of Freemasonic-Rosicrucian Shakespeare Monuments:-

Other videos available - see Video page.

Recommended Videos by others:

'Francis Bacon and the Merchant of Venice' – a brilliant exposition by Simon Miles demonstrating how the Shakespeare play, 'The Merchant of Venice', is a gateway to the Baconian authorship of the Shakespeare play and other Democritian "merry tales".

'Francis Bacon and the Mystery of the Phoenix and Turtle' – another excellent talk by Simon Miles, this time on Shakespeare's 'heart' poem.

'Cracking the Shakespeare Code' – Video series documenting the story of Petter Amundsen's decipherments of some secret codes hidden in Shakespeare’s First Folio of plays and Shakespeare's Sonnets, demonstrating the involvement of Francis Bacon and the Rosicrucians, and revealing a treasure map leading to Oak Island, Nova Scotia.

'The Shakespeare Equation' – amazing discoveries by Alan Green of the Pythagorean mathematics, Great Pyramid measurements and Ancient Egyptian knowledge enshrined in Shake-speares Sonnets:-

'New Atlantis & Utopia' - Peter Dawkins interviewed by Saira Salmon (#3 of Bacony Series)

'Four Levels of Consciousness' - Peter Dawkins interviewed by Saira Salmon (#4 of Bacony Series)

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