Welcome to this website that tells the amazing but little known story about Sir Francis Bacon, Shakespeare and Hermes Stella.

Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), Baron Verulam of Verulam, Viscount St Alban, the celebrated English Renaissance philosopher, author, poet, orator, alchemist, cabalist, cryptographer, scientist, jurist, politician, statesman, Lord Chancellor and 'herald of the new age', gave us an initiatic method by which a Golden Age on Earth might be achieved in the age into which we are now entering.

The method is above all imaginative, poetic and artistic as well as scientific, the aim being to create a living work of art just as Nature and the Universe is a work of art. It is also a treasure hunt or game of hide and seek – the theatre of the soul.

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Recent videos: 'The Twin Shakespeare Memorials' – two talks given to the Francis Bacon Society by Peter Dawkins about the two famous 18th century memorials that were created in memory of England's great Bard, Shakespeare. Both Shakespeare memorials were designed by William Kent and sculpted by Peter Scheemakers. Although similar to each other, the differences are striking and meaningful, relating to each other like twins – a key theme of the Shakespeare works and Francis Bacon's philosophy:-

  1. 'The Dark Twin' - the Wilton House Shakespeare Memorial
  2. 'The Light Twin' - the Westminster Abbey Shakespeare Memorial

Recent essays:-

  • 'Canonbury Place & Tower'. Background history of Canonbury, its Freemasonic connections and its use by the poet-philosopher-lawyer and Lord Chancellor, Francis Bacon.
  • 'The British Landscape Zodiac'. A description of the zodiacal pattern laid out across Britain by the Celts, invested with myth and used by subsequent cultures including Bacon and the Rosicrucians, especially in relationship to both Shakespeare and Fra. C.R.C., the Rosicrucian 'Father'.
This website is a work in progress. As Bacon said: "Nothing is finished until all is finished."

'The Dark Twin' - talk by Peter Dawkins

'The Light Twin' - talk by Peter Dawkins

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