Shakespeare Manuscripts

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The Right Honourable

The Viscount St. Alban

Portrait by Pourbus the Younger, 1617
Lord High Chancellor of England
In office
7 March 1617 – 3 May 1621 (1617-03-07 – 1621-05-03)
MonarchJames I
Preceded bySir Thomas Egerton
Succeeded byJohn Williams, Bishop of Lincoln
Attorney General of England and Wales
In office
26 October 1613 – 7 March 1617 (1613-10-26 – 1617-03-07)
MonarchJames I
Preceded bySir Henry Hobart
Succeeded bySir Henry Yelverton
Personal details
Born(1561-01-22)22 January 1561
The Strand, London
Died9 April 1626(1626-04-09) (aged 65)
Highgate, Middlesex, England
St. Michael's Church, St. Albans
MotherLady Anne Bacon
FatherNicholas Bacon (Lord Keeper)
Alma mater
  • University of Cambridge
  • Trinity College, Cambridge
  • University of Poitiers
Notable workWorks by Francis Bacon

Philosophy career
Notable work
Novum Organum
EraRenaissance philosophy
17th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Main interests
  • Natural philosophy
Notable ideas

While not an authority on Shakespeare it is a well-accepted theory that at least two of Shakespeare's original manuscripts were lost over the years. 

  • Cardenio- Reportedly performed by the King's Men in 1613 but not formally attributed to any writer and presumed to have been Shakespeare and John Flatcher in 1653.
  • Love’s Labour Won - Reference to this was found in a list collated by Francis Meres in 1598. It is possible that it is an alternative title for Much Ado About Nothing or a sequel to Love's labors lost. 

Sir Francis Bacon[edit]

[1]Sir Francis Bacon (c. 1561 – 1626) is an enigmatic character that seems perfectly suited to his fascination with ciphers and codes. Baconians, as his devotees are known, also contends that he was the author of Shakespeare's works (as well as other contemporary writers). Original manuscripts have never been found and are thought to be hidden in a chamber beneath Oak Island. Bacon, it is said, stated that he would be "known for who he really is long after his death".

Add to that Bacon's experiments with preserving documents in mercury which dovetails nicely with the cache of empty flasks with traces of mercury discovered during early searches on Oak Island. He was also an initiate of the Order of the Knights Templar.

Finally, there is Bacon's servant/understudy, Mr. Thomas Bushell (c. 1593 – 1674) who successfully recovered a number of flooded mines with the able assistance of his Cornish miners. Bushell established and managed a Royal mint in Wales and defended the island of Lundy (the largest island in the Bristol Channel) for the Royalists. The island was surrendered on 24 February 1647 and Bushell went into "hiding", resurfacing in about 1652.