Much controversy exists around the authorship of the Shakespearean plays. In this paper I shall put forth evidence as to why I believe Mr. Francis Bacon to be the Orchestrator of these great works, along with the help of a group of writers known as the Knights of the Helmet. While no concrete conclusive evidence that I have found can be put forth to end the debate. I shall try to show why this is the most likely logical conclusion.
The time period in which Sir Francis Bacon lived in was 1561 to 1626. The First Folio of Shakespeare was released in 1623. The first play was written around 1589-1591. This puts Bacon within the time period to be responsible for the plays. Unlike Shakespeare or Edward de Vere. Shakespeare died in 1616 and the highly edited folio was released 7 years after the death of Shakespeare. Similarly, Edward de Vere died in 1604 and was not around to do the extensive editing that had taken place by the time of the first folio. If it was edited by others who were not in charge of the plays, I concede that this would have been Plagiarism and disrespecting an author's work shortly after their deaths. Whom I believe they respected and would not have done unless they were a part of the work.
In the book Francis Bacon and his Secret Society. It delves into another book that Mr. Francis Bacon wrote in 1592 called The Conference of Pleasure it goes into detail about the book and its most treasured missing contents. But in the index is a list of its original contents this is what it has to say about it:
The paper book which contained this device bore on its outside leaf a list of its original contents, but the stitches which fastened the sheets together have given way, or were intentionally severed, and the central pages are gone-a great loss, when we know that these pages included copies of the plays of Richard II and Richard III., of which it would have been interesting to have seen the manuscript. (Pott, Henry)
This is truly astounding a book wrote by Bacon in 1592 and in its index are the Shakespeare plays Richard II and Richard III. In the footnote it states that the works were found to be “belonging to the Duke of Northumberland.” (Pott, Henry) This is who was in possession of the works that used to belong to Bacon. I have not come across any information saying this has been invalidated. But no one can surely say it is concrete either from what I have seen. So at this time, I count it as another piece of the puzzle towards Bacon.
Furthermore in Francis Bacon and his Secret Society it states:
I find nothing . . . to indicate a date later than the reign of Elizabeth; and if so, it is probably one of the earliest evidences of the growth of Shakspere’s personal fame as a dramatic author, the beginning of which cannot be dated much earlier than 1598. It was not till 1597 that any of his plays appeared in print; (Pott, Henry).
To clarify this is not the Author of the book Francis Bacon and his...