By John Tiffany. After half a Millennium, will Francis Bacon at last receive due credit for his authorship of the Shakespeare masterpieces? And did he hide his treasures of civilization on an island in Canada, leaving a trail of clues encrypted in the Shakespearean works? We may be on the verge of answering the second question.
Sir Francis Bacon was a remarkable man—some would say the most remarkable man ever. He was a philosopher, scientist, statesman, polymathic genius and father of the English language as we now know it. A politician and courtier, he was a member of Parliament. He also served as attorney general and as lord chancellor of England. He was also a futurist and a master cryptologist.
Although a friend of the crown, he opposed dictatorial powers and feudalism, being known as a reformer and simplifier of the law. He despised the time he was living in and expected mankind would progress morally as well as technologically over the ensuing centuries.
His pioneering work in developing the scientific method contributed to the industrial revolution and a huge increase in the average man’s standard of living. Bacon was a liberal—a word that at that time meant something very different, almost the opposite, from what it means today. It meant he was for freedom, and against religious bigotry. [Read the full article as a PDF.]
The Barnes Review, May/June 2017: Amazing Francis Bacon
Volume XXIII, Number 3.