Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 12)


In England, the power of the theater was feared by the authorities. It could be a seedbed for political subversion and radical ideas. “Strict censorship operated, and from as early as 1559 there was a prohibition on the dramatic treatment of religious or political issues.” [1]

…And strength by limping sway disabled
And art made tongue-tied by authority,
And folly, doctor-like, controlling skill,
And simple truth miscalled simplicity… (Sonnet 66)

In 1601, at the Globe theater, the play Richard II was purposely used by the Earl of Essex to provoke an uprising against Queen Elizabeth. [1] January 7-8, 1601: Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, stages a short-lived rebellion against Elizabeth I. February 25, 1601: Essex executed for treason. [2]

“This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.” (Richard II)

So how is it, wonders author Peter Dawkins [1], that “William Shakespeare” could speak so freely via his plays and yet never be arrested or imprisoned?

The answer to the immunity enjoyed by the Spear Shaker might be that he (Francis Bacon) was one of the “royal bastards” of Elizabeth, the “Virgin Queen.”

One of, if not the first, of the moderns to notice something mysterious about Francis Bacon was the 19th-century U.S. Congressman Ignatius Donnelly. Among his several books is The Great Cryptogram, first published in 1888. Donnelly asserted that Sir Francis Bacon was the author of the plays usually attributed to Shakespeare, and that the plays themselves contain an elaborate cipher devised by Bacon to establish his authorship to future generations.


Around this same time, a different author went even further: Not only had Bacon been, at least in part, the writer of the “Shakespeare” plays, he had also been one of the founders – if not the founder – of the Rosicrucians. The Fraternity of the Rosie Cross, in other words the Rosicrucians, called themselves Invisibles. The word “college” is from the old word collegium, meaning a society. The Rosicrucians therefore were an invisible college. The “works called Shakespeare’s, are the product of a learned college of men…” The heyday of Rosicrucianism (not to be confused with later imitators) coincides with the life and death of Francis Bacon. The “entire rise of Rosicrucianism and the noise it made, commences early in the seventeenth century and expires about 1630, four years after Bacon’s death.” [3] (Further background: Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 11), Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of March 1, 2014.)

A cipher is “an internal story, told by external words,” writes the late Virginia Fellows in her breakthrough book, The Shakespeare Code. The so-called “Shakespeare” plays are cover text for a secret history of Elizabethan England and of Francis Bacon. [4]

Bacon warned those who would crack the code: “We enfold a dangerous chronicle, and by starts unclasp a secret book to your quick conceiving, and read you matter deep and dangerous.” This is from his letter to the decipherer, found by means of a “Bi-literal Cipher” which contains instructions dealing with other codes within the plays. Hidden messages within the “Shakespeare” plays and other works “tell a startling story. They reveal state secrets and scandals – the marriage of a ‘Virgin Queen,’ murder and intrigue, corruption and lies at the highest levels of the government.” [4]

At the age of 15, young Francis had learned, in a traumatic manner, his true identity. He had been raised next-door to the palace by Lady Anne Cooke Bacon, wife of Sir Nicholas Bacon, Keeper of the Seal. Francis naturally believed Lady Anne was his mother. The deciphered code reveals what happened to cause Francis to realize the truth. Robert Cecil, misshapen cousin of Francis Bacon, was laughed at by one of the frivolous young maids whom Queen Elizabeth I delighted to have around her. Furiously brooding on the insult, he cunningly channeled his rage. Deciphered text explains:

“He [Cecil] devises a way to be revenged upon the soft, silly maid, and… at the same time to be honoured, admired, and highly magnified. To do this [he] cheats his fair companion into covert rubs of the honour of the queen.”

“The complexion of the maid changed from pale to red and from scarlet to pale when he with big, thundering voice cried twice; ‘All this condemns you to the death to so much dishonour the fair queen.'”

“As falcon to the lure, flies the queen to him and ask’d what he had heard.”

“Madam, this innocent and pure model, moved by love for thee, told me that you are an arrant whore and that thou bore a son to the noble Leicester.”

Queen Elizabeth I, maddened by rage, chases after the girl. Elizabeth draws a concealed dagger. “And the queen, who in her hand the foul knife grasps, did jump upon her…” She murders the girl.

Francis Bacon, in the de-coded history, goes on to relate how, “I in painful silence stood, tears in mine eyes, being grieved that I, a youth, must mine eyes abase and be content to see such wrong.” But worse is to come. Her blood-lust awakened, Elizabeth turns on Francis, who has voiced anguish at the sudden murder.

“The queen like thunder spoke: ‘How now, thou cold-blooded slave, wilt thou forsake thy mother and chase her honour up and down? Curst be the time of thy nativity!… I am thy mother.”

Bursting into tears, young Francis Bacon fled the horrid scene. He naturally turned for comfort to the only mother he had heretofore known. Lady Anne Bacon stayed up with Francis most of the night, sadly explaining his true history. In 1560, Elizabeth had secretly married the Earl of Leicester, Robert Dudley. It was a bigamous marriage, since Dudley was already married at the time. Soon thereafter was secretly born Francis Bacon. He was handed over to the Bacons and was raised as their child. A second son, Robert Devereux, was secretly born to Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley in 1566. [4]

How is it that “William Shakespeare” could speak so freely via his plays and yet never be arrested or imprisoned? The answer may be that the Spear Shaker enjoyed a degree of immunity because he was the son of the British queen.

——- Sources ——-
[1] The Shakespeare Enigma, by Peter Dawkins. London: Polair Publishing, 2004.
[3] Bacon, Shakespeare and the Rosicrucians, by William Francis C. Wigston. Republished by
[4] The Shakespeare Code, by Virginia M. Fellows. Gardiner, MT: Snow Mountain Press, 2000.


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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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