Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 6)

Arnold Schwarzenegger – Hamlet

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” (Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 4)

We know that a piglet means the young of the domestic pig. But what is a hamlet? (A hamlet would be bacon, as in Francis Bacon.)

Andrea Alciato’s Emblematum liber or Book of Emblems had enormous influence and popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries. It is a collection of 212 Latin emblem poems, each consisting of a motto (a proverb or other short enigmatic expression), a picture, and an epigrammatic text. Alciato’s book was first published in 1531, and was expanded in various editions during the author’s lifetime. It began a craze for emblem poetry that lasted for several centuries. (


Above hopefully can be seen one of the pictures from a 1618 version of the Alciati Emblemata. The curious volume from which this figure is taken was published in Paris in 1618. The attention of the Baconian student is immediately attracted by the form of the hog in the foreground. Bacon often used this animal as a play upon his own name, especially because the name Bacon was derived from the word beech and the nut of this tree was used to fatten hogs. The two pillars in the background have considerable Masonic interest. The two A’s nearly in the center of the picture — one light and one shaded — are alone almost conclusive proof of Baconian influence. The most convincing evidence, however, is the fact that 17 is the numerical equivalent of the letters of the Latin form of Bacon’s name (F. Baco) and there are 17 letters in the three words appearing in the illustration. (

Cryptic clues connect the works of “William Shakespeare” with Francis Bacon. For instance, in the First Part of King Henry the Fourth, the word “Francis” appears 33 times upon one page. “To attain this end, obviously awkward sentences were required, as: ‘Anon Francis?’ No Francis, but tomorrow Francis: or Francis, on Thursday: or indeed Francis when thou wilt. But Francis.'” [1]

PRINCE HENRY: Anon, Francis? No, Francis; but to-morrow, Francis; or, Francis, o’ Thursday; or indeed, Francis, when thou wilt. But, Francis! (Act 2, Scene 4, First Part of King Henry the Fourth)

An “acrostic signature” is found in Act 1, Scene 2 of The Tempest:

Begun to tell me what I am; but stopt,
And left me to a bootless inquisition,
Concluding, “Stay, not yet.”

“The first letters of the first and second lines together with the first three letters of the third line form the word BACon.” [1]

Says Mistress Quickly in The Merry Wives of Windsor: “Hang-hog is Latin for bacon, I warrant you.” (Act 4, Scene 1)

And what says Francis Bacon himself openly, in his Interpretation of Nature?

If the sow with her snout should happen to imprint the letter A upon the ground, wouldst thou therefore imagine that she could write out a whole tragedy as one letter?

So we can see a play on the words “ham” (hamlet), bacon (Francis Bacon), and a sow (pig) from which a tragedy is imagined.

The Elizabethan age delighted in such puns. [2]

If the sow (Bacon) should write a letter, that would not be enough. Others besides Francis Bacon were involved with the “Shakespeare” plays. Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, seems to have been part of the secret team. The “Virgin Queen” Elizabeth produced several children. (Background: Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 5), Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of February 21, 2014.)


And the secret team need not have included only Elizabeth’s royal bastards. “The Great Assises holden in Parnassus” [3], attributed to George Wither, gives some names which are suspected to have belonged to this secret society. Among these are…

  • Lord Verulam, Chancellor of Parnassus, (Francis Bacon) died 1626
  • Sir Phillip Sidney, died 1586
  • John Barclay, author of the Argenis , died 1621
  • John Bodine, French publicist, died 1596
  • Isaac Casaubon, Swiss classical scholar and theologian, died 1614
  • Joseph Scaliger, French scholar, died 1609
  • Ben Jonson, died 1637
  • Edmund Spenser, died 1598

This is not to say that all those above necessarily belonged to the secret society hiding behind the “Shakespeare” plays. But that Francis Bacon “was known as a poet by his contemporaries is proved by abundant evidence. Perhaps the most important proof of the esteem in which he was held is exhibited in the ‘Great Assizes Holden in Parnassus.'” [3]

In these “Great Assizes” it is “instructive to mark that Apollo presides, and that the Lord Verulam [Francis Bacon] is Chancellor and supreme head of this court, embracing as it does all the learning and erudition of an already classicly bewitched and possessed age.” [4]

——- Sources ——-
[1] The Secret Teachings of All Ages, by Manly P. Hall. Los Angeles: The Philosophical Research Society, 1977. Chapter CLXVIII, “Bacon, Shakspere, and the Rosicrucians”.
[2] “Elizabethan English”, by Cork Milner.
[3] “The Great Assises Holden in Parnassus”,
[4] A New Study Of Shakespeare, by William Francis C. Wigston


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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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