Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 7)

In Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 6) (Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of February 22, 2014) a partial list of names from George Wither’s The Great Assises holden in Parnassus was given. Among those not included by me was John Taylor (1580 – 1653), known as the “water poet.” He was a Thames waterman and “London’s chief eccentric poet.” This John Taylor organized the water pageant for the wedding of the Princess Elizabeth (not the same person as Queen Elizabeth I) and the Elector Palatine in 1613. [1]

The Great Assizes was printed in 1645. The Great Assizes convened at Parnassus for the trial of the trashy and misleading literature of the post-Francis Bacon/William Shakespeare period. The golden age of literature had passed, and was being supplanted by an age of trashy pamphleteers and news-scribblers. The principle malefactors, the newspapers of the day, were placed on trial. [2]

In Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 6) I had speculated upon how the list of names given in Great Assizes may have included some who belonged to the secret society hiding behind the “Shakespeare” plays. Subsequently I have found that at least one author, Peter Dawkins, supports this opinion. The Great Assizes “names some real people involved in the Rosicrucian work.” George Wither was himself connected with the Rosicrucians having, in 1635, reproduced “Rollenhagen’s remarkable set of Rosicrucian emblems” in Collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne. [1]

As mentioned above, one of those appearing in the Great Assizes is John Taylor, who organized the water pageant for the wedding of the Princess Elizabeth and the Elector Palatine in 1613. Princess Elizabeth (not the same person as Queen Elizabeth I), the Stuart daughter of King James I, married Frederick V, Elector Palatine of the Rhine on February 14, 1613 (Valentine’s Day). These two later became the “Winter King and Queen of Bohemia.” This nickname was a sarcasm directed at their brief reign. Connected with this episode were the Rosicrucian manifestos. The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz, published in 1616, contains oblique references to Frederick and his wedding to Princess Elizabeth. It was a time of “the Hermetic golden age.” [3]

Francis Bacon may have supervised the entertainments of February 1613. At the wedding celebrations for Elizabeth and Frederick, in England, a special “Shakespeare” play was performed: The Tempest. This is the last play written by the so-called “Shakespeare.” The play deals with the love story of an island princess. And so it was to be for the “Winter King and Queen of Bohemia,” reigning over an avant-garde kingdom floating upon a raging sea of Catholicism. [3]

Coincident to the Rosicrucian excitement of 1614 – 1619, Frederick and Elizabeth reigned at Heidelberg. They had not yet become the Winter King and Queen. Residing in splendor there, surrounded by mechanical singing fountains and pneumatically-controlled speaking statues, the young couple moved forward in time to the fateful year: 1619. When Rudolph II, Holy Roman Emperor, died in 1612, and his brother Matthias died not long afterwards, it was the seeming end of tolerance in Bohemia. In 1617, when Ferdinand of Styria became King of Bohemia, a repressive Catholic counter-reaction ended religious tolerance. Thus it was when Frederick, Elector of Palatine, was offered the crown by Bohemian rebels on August 26, 1619. Would he accept? The decision was dangerous. To take the crown would be a declaration of war against the Hapsburgs. Yet Frederick believed he could count on military support from King James, the father of his wife, Elizabeth. On September 28, 1619 Frederick replied to the Bohemian rebels that he would accept the crown. [3]

After being crowned king, Frederick and Elizabeth enjoyed their winter reign of 1619-1620 in Prague. But within a year, on November 8, 1620, the King of Bohemia and his forces were crushed at the Battle of White Mountain. Contrary to expectations, King James refused permission for English assistance. Frederick, Elizabeth, and their children made a hurried escape to the Hague. In Bohemia, Catholic-inspired purges began. Precious books were thrown into the streets and fouled by horse excrement. Other books were stolen and carried away to Rome. “A whole world vanished here, its monuments defaced or destroyed, its books and written records vanished, its population turned into refugees…” [3]

——- Sources ——-
[1] The Shakespeare Enigma, by Peter Dawkins. Publisher: Polair (June 2004)
[2] The Greatest of Literary Problems, by James Phinney Baxter (1915).
[3] Melchizedek Communique, by Brian Redman. 2010. Published by


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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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