Some say John Dee (1527 – 1609) was the founder of The Rosicrucians however at some point the presidency of the Rosicrucians was handed over to Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626). The Rosicrucians had spread throughout Europe by this stage.


Bacon had a program called ‘Of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Human’. This recognised that the key to learning was communicating, so he set about reforming the English language. In England at that time there were many different languages because of the different dialects spoken all over the country. England were made up of Saxons, Danes, Gauls and their speech patterns were all inconstant. This made communication particularly commerce difficult.


Bacon surrounded himself with writers and poets who were like minded. His objective was to re-write the English language. He and his group of noble men set out to publish the new words through a series of books and pamphlets. They were largely responsible for the explosion of English literature during the Elizabethan era. This included the works of people like Sir Walter Raleigh.


Bacon was the Lord High Chancellor of England and he had a scriptorium of writers; people he paid to write for him, he had gathered together all the great books of the past. The Iliad, the great Greek and Roman works and even the Bible and were translated them all into English. Bacon had his own printing press, therefore making these books available to people at a cheap price. He translated over 2000 books into English.


But Bacon’s purpose was to prepare the people of the old world to colonise the New World. The launching Bacon’s colonising scheme was not by chance but by design.


As Chancellor of England Bacon was able to pursued the King James I, to issue the Charters which enabled the New Colonies to proliferate in the New World. The Virginia Company members who actually settled in America included several members of the Bacon family and friends of Francis Bacon’s who were initiates of the Rosicrucians.  


As a teenager Bacon was sent to the Court of France by Queen Elizabeth I, where he studied under the great French linguists of the time. After seeing their efforts to make the French language great, he was inspired to do the same for England. Upon his return to England he was sent to study law at Gray’s Inn Square, a prestigious educational facility at the time.


It was at Gray’s Inn that Bacon formed a secret group known as the Knights of the Helmet. The Knights of the Helmet is the name of a mask Bacon was thought to have written behind. Masks were written by many people for the royal court and the lawyer’s court. The Knights of the Helmet took as their inspiration the Greek Goddess Athena. She carried a spear and wore a great helmet, a symbol of secrecy. According to tradition anyone who wears the helmet becomes invisible. Pacifica was one of the great gods, ruling through intellect and wisdom. She would shake her spear at ignorance.


Interpreted though one of Bacon’s cyphers what some believe is a calling Bacon heard from Athena “The divine majesty takes delight to hide his work, according to the innocent play of children. Surely for thee to follow the example of the most high God cannot be censured. Therefore, put away popular applause and after the manner of Solomon, the King compose a history of thy time and fold it into enigmatical writings and cunning mixture of the theatre…” which gave Bacon his life’s work.


Baconian scholar believe that this manifestation led him to create a series of classical works which would teach the English people and transform them into a nation that would one day dominate the world.


Believing to have put away popular applause as the manifestation had said. It is believed that hid his works behind William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is said to a synonym for Apollo and Athena. They were both know as shakers of the spear, the spear represents a ray of wisdom.


Bacon incorporated these Greek Gods within a key symbol, the double A headpiece represented Apollo and Athena. Usually one of A’s is shaded representing a light and dark side. This symbol is found printed at the head of certain pages within the Shakespeare folio and among the acknowledged works of Francis Bacon. Athena has always been known as the spear shaker going back centuries. So bacon just turned the words around. Shakespeare used to be spelt with a hyphen (Shake-Speare) until it eventually became one word.


The mystery of the real William Shakespeare is that the actor from Stafford lacked the experience and knowledge to write the works that bear his name. A lot of research has been done into the life of the actor William Shakespeare and none of appears to match up to the writing. William Shakespeare was barely literate enough to make a mark, which only existent in five documents. He couldn’t even write his own name. There is not a single letter from him or to him from any of his contemporary’s.


How could Shakespeare know the workings of the court both in England and foreign lands? He would have no idea about the working of the court, whereas Francis Bacon knew the court very well, he was bought up in it. You need the background and knowledge to have produced the Shakespeare plays. There is even a quote from one the English Justices saying that it’s clear that the Shakespeare plays were written by a lawyer because there is not one legal error in them.


Given the colossal amount of work Bacon had done in becoming a lawyer, constant writings and discovering new sciences, it is possible that the Shakespeare plays had been written as a collective work by the secret society, the Knights of the Helmet. Why did Bacon employee such a large group of writers, poets, cyphers and other educated people around him. They must have been collaborating on something’s.


Mark Twain was convinced that William Shakespeare didn’t write the plays. In his book ‘Is Shakespeare dead ????’ he brings up the fact that during his lifetime no-one regarded Shakespeare to be important or famous or a brilliant playwright. It was only two or three generations after his death that suddenly the historic William Shakespeare became a big deal, however the plays enjoyed immediate success and prominence. This is pretty hard to explain.


The bust of Shakespeare in The Holy Trinity Church, and the first Folio of Shakespeare did not come about until years after his death. Other great writers of the time like poet Ben Jonson were given immediate recognition within months of their passing.


The First Folio, assembled by Shakespeare’s friends, seven years after his death appear to leave some clues. 19th century author William Francis C. Wigston referred Shakespeare as “Phantom Captain Shakespeare…” and “The Rosicrucian Mask…” The may be due to the famous Droeshout portrait that appeared on the cover in 1623. In the portrait there is a line extending from Shakespeare jawline to his ear. It looks like a mask. As if Shakespeare’s face is a mask covering the face of the real writer. Ben Jonson, a friend of both Shakespeare and Bacon, wrote in the dedication “…Reader, look, not at his picture, but his booke.” Why would Jonson point people away from the face?


On the bust of Shakespeare in The Holy Trinity Church, the inscription it says “…see living art” and “...the page that serves Shakespeare’s wit…” The piece of paper in front of Shakespeare is blank, as if to give a clue that he was not the writer history has made him out to. Some Baconian’s think that the empty look on Shakespeare’s face matches the empty page, and thus believe that it is saying Shakespeare wrote nothing. 


The question of Shakespeare’s legacy is further questioned by the few known signatures he left behind. As one writer puts it “the scrawling uncertain method of their execution stamps Shakespeare as unfamiliar with a pen”


Rosicrucians symbolism are found throughout Shakespeare’s work. The symbols are found in the great folio of 1623 and in known works of Francis Bacon. Bacon’s light A and dark A appears in Shakespeare’s works. The varied symbols of Bacon clearly mark his Rosicrucians fraternity.


The works of Shakespeare helped to accomplish exactly what Bacon and his Knights of the Helmet set out to achieve. While the numbers vary the plays are said to have developed some 20 thousand words for the English language. With some words being created, older word being revived and current words being used in new ways. Could the actor from Stratford with a limited education have accomplished this coincidently?


Manly P Hall wrote in his book ‘The Secret teaching of all ages’ reveals the veiled purpose behind the plays. He says “… Sir Francis Bacon, the Rosicrucian initiate, wrote into the Shakespearian plays the secret teachings of the Fraternity of R.C (rose & cross)…and the true rituals of the masonic order.”


“The Bacon-Shakespeare controversy … involves the most profound aspects of science, religion, and ethics; he who solves its mystery may yet find therein the key to the supposedly lost wisdom of antiquity…” Manly P Hall ‘The Secret Teachings of All Ages’ Page CLXVI


It may be said that the plays themselves represent the whole confusion of America’s foundation. Like the symbol of the rose and the cross the plays combine the teachings of Christianity with wisdom of the mystery religions.   

Francis Bacon

Athena (The Spear Shaker)

The First Folio

The Shaded 'A's found in Shakespeare and Bacon's Work

Benjamin Jonson

Rosicrucian Symbolism in Shakespeare's work

The Holy Trinity Church Shakespeare Bust

The Mask of Shakespeare - Look at the line from the Jaw to the Ear

Known Copies of Shakespeare's Signature