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  A number of writers, some of whom were connected with Theosophy, have claimed that Francis Bacon (22 January 1561  –   9 April 1626), the English  philosopher , statesman,  scientist,  jurist and author , was a member of secret societies; a smaller number claim that he would have attained the Ascension and became the Ascended Master  Saint Germain.  Secret societies[edit] Francis Bacon often gathered with the men at Gray's Inn to discuss politics and  philosophy, and to try out various theatrical scenes that he admitted writing. [1]  Bacon's alleged connection to the Rosicrucians and the Freemasons has been widely discussed  by authors and scholars in many books. [2]  However others, including Daphne du Maurier (in her biography of Bacon), have argued there is no substantive evidence to support claims of involvement with the Rosicrucians. [3]  Historian Dame Frances Yates [4]  does not make the claim that Bacon was a Rosicrucian, but presents evidence that he was nevertheless involved in some of the more closed intellectual movements of his day. She argues that Bacon's movement for the advancement of learning was closely connected with the German Rosicrucian movement, while Bacon's The New Atlantis   portrays a land ruled by Rosicrucians. He apparently saw his own movement for the advancement of learning to be in conformity with Rosicrucian ideals. [5]  In 1618 Francis Bacon decided to secure a lease for  York House. This had been his  boyhood home in London next to the Queen's York Place  before the Bacon family had moved to Gorhambury in the countryside. After Lord Egerton (Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England) died, it became available for Bacon to lease. During the next four years this mansion on the Strand (so large that it had 40 fireplaces) served as the home for Francis and Alice Bacon. Over the next four years Bacon would host banquets at York House that were attended by the leading men of the time, including poets, scholars, authors, scientists, lawyers, diplomats, and foreign dignitaries. Within the  banquet hall, Francis gathered the greatest leaders in literature, art, law, education, and social reform. On 22 January 1621 in honour of Sir Francis Bacon's sixtieth birthday, a select group of men assembled in the large banquet hall in York House without fanfare for what has been described as a Masonic banquet. [6]  This banquet was to pay tribute to Sir Francis Bacon. Only those of the Rosicrosse (Rosicrucians) and the Masons who were already aware of Bacon's leadership role were invited. [7]  The tables were T-tables with gleaming white drapery, silver, and decorations of flowers. The poet Ben Jonson, a long-time friend of Bacon, gave a Masonic ode to Bacon that day. There was a depth of love by a large body of men toward Bacon, similar to some degree in the manner that disciples love a Master . [8]  This is especially true when taking into account his membership (and some say leadership) of secret societies such as the Rosicrucians and Freemasons. [6]  In the inner esoteric membership, which included Francis Bacon, vows of celibacy for spiritual reasons were encouraged. [9][10]   Faked death theory[edit] Various authors [11][12]  have written that there were indications that Francis Bacon had gone into debt while secretly funding the publishing of materials for the Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Spear-Shakers , Knights of the Helmet , as well as publishing, with the  assistance of  Ben Jonson, a selection of the plays that they believe he had written under the pen name of Shake-Speare  in a First Folio in 1623. [13][14][15][16]  Furthermore, they allege that Bacon faked his own death, crossed the English Channel, and secretly traveled in disguise after 1626 through France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, and other areas utilizing the secret network of Freemasons and Rosicrucians that he was associated with. It is alleged that he continued to write under pseudonyms, as he had done before 1626, [17]  continuing to write as late as 1670 (using the pseudonym Comte De Gabalis ). [18]  Elinor Von Le Coq, wife of  Professor Von Le Coq in Berlin, stated that she had found evidence in the German Archives that Francis Bacon stayed after 1626 with the family of  Johannes Valentinus Andreae in Germany. [19][20][21][22]  Basil Montagu, a biographer of Bacon, states in his Essays and Selections : Of his funeral no account can be found, nor is there any trace of the scite of the house where he died. [23]  Beginning early in the 20th century in the United States, a number of  Ascended Master Teachings organizations [24][25][26][27]   began making the claim that Francis Bacon had never died. They believed that soon after completing the Shake-Speare plays, he had feigned his own death on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1626 - doing so in Easter Sunday as a symbolism  [28]  - and then traveled extensively outside of England, eventually attaining his physical Ascension to another   plane on May 1, 1684 in a castle in Transylvania  owned by the Rakoczi family. [29]  Their belief is that Bacon took on the name Saint Germain  on that date, May 1, 1684, and became an Ascended Master .  References[edit] 1.   Jump up ^  Frances Yates, Theatre of the World  , London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1969 2.   Jump up ^  Bryan Bevan, The Real Francis Bacon , England: Centaur Press, 1960 3.   Jump up ^  Daphne du Maurier, The Winding Stair, Biography of Bacon  1976. 4.   Jump up ^  Frances Yates, The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age , pages 61 - 68, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979 5.   Jump up ^  Frances Yates, The Rosicrucian Enlightenment  , London and Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1972 6.   ^ Jump up to: a    b   Helene H. Armstrong,  Francis Bacon - The Spear Shaker  , San Francisco, California: Golden Gate Press, 1985 ISBN 0-9616288-0-4  7.   Jump up ^  Alfred Dodd,  Francis Bacon's Personal Life Story', Volume 2 - The Age of James , England: Rider & Co., 1949, 1986. pages 157 - 158, 425, 502 - 503, 518 - 532 8.   Jump up ^  Helen Veale, Son of England  , India: Indo Polish Library, 1950 9.   Jump up ^  Peter Dawkins,  Dedication to the Light  , England: Francis Bacon Research Trust, 1984 10.   Jump up ^  Frances Yates, Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition , London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1964 11.   Jump up ^  Mrs. Henry Pott  Francis Bacon and His Secret Society , (Reprint: Kessinger Publishing 1997) 12.   Jump up ^  William T. Smedley  Mystery of Francis Bacon , London, 1912 (Reprint: Kessinger Publishing 1997) 13.   Jump up ^  C. P. Bowditch, The Connection of Francis Bacon, with the First Folio of Shakespeare's Plays and with the Books on Cipher of his Time , Cambridge, 1910 14.   Jump up ^  Ross Jackson, Shaker of the Speare: The Francis Bacon Story , The Book Guild Ltd. 2005 15.   Jump up ^  Martin Pares,  Knights of the Helmet  , 1964 16.   Jump up ^  W. C. F. Wigston,  Bacon, Shakespeare and the Rosicrucians , London England, 1888 (Reprint: Kessinger Publishing, 1997) ISBN 978-1-56459-338-2   17.   Jump up ^  Bertram Theobald,  Enter Francis Bacon. The Case for Bacon as the True Shakespeare   , England: Cecil Palmer, 1932 18.   Jump up ^  Reginald Walter Gibson,  Francis Bacon: A Bibliography of His Works and  Baconiana to the Year 1750 , 1950 19.   Jump up ^  Bertram Theobald,  Francis Bacon Concealed And Revealed  , London: Cecil Palmer, 1930 20.   Jump up ^  Parker Woodward  Francis Bacon  London: Grafton & Co. 1920. pages 13, 121 - 135 21.   Jump up ^  Hall, Manly P.  The Secret Teachings of All Ages   An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy Being an Interpretation of the Secret Teachings Concealed within the Rituals, Allegories and Mysteries of all Ages H.S. Crocker Company, Inc. 1928 22.   Jump up ^  Richard Maurice Bucke, Cosmic Consciousness, A Study in the Evolution of the  Human Mind  , Philadelphia, 1901. Contains an excellent chapter on Bacon's qualities, consciousness and experiences and how they may have influenced his writings. 23.   Jump up ^  Montagu, Basil (1837).  Essays and Selections . p. 331. ISBN 978-1-4368-3777-4.  24.   Jump up ^  Saint Germain Foundation. The History of the I AM Activity and Saint Germain  Foundation . Schaumburg, Illinois: Saint Germain Press 2003 25.   Jump up ^  Luk, A.D.K..  Law of Life  —   Book II  . Pueblo, Colorado: A.D.K. Luk Publications 1989, pages 254 - 267 26.   Jump up ^   White Paper - Wesak World Congress 2002 . Acropolis Sophia Books & Works 2003. 27.   Jump up ^  Partridge, Christopher ed.  New Religions: A Guide: New Religious Movements, Sects and Alternative Spiritualities  Oxford University Press, USA 2004. 28.   Jump up ^  Peter Dawkins, Dedication to the Light, England: Francis Bacon Research Trust, 1984 29.   Jump up ^  Schroeder, Werner  Ascended Masters and Their Retreats  Ascended Master Teaching Foundation 2004, pages 250 - 255   [hide]      v     t     e  Francis Bacon  Philosophy    Baconian method     Idola fori     Idola theatri     Idola specus       Idola tribus     Salomon's House  Works       Essays  (1597)      The Advancement of Learning   (1605)       Novum Organum  (1620)       New Atlantis  (1627) Family     Nicholas Bacon (father)    Anne Bacon (mother)  Other    Bacon's cipher        Baconian theory of Shakespeare authorship       Occult theories  <img src= // alt= title= width= 1 height= 1 style= border: none; position: absolute; /> Retrieved from  Categories:     Occult     Theosophy     Ascended Master Teachings  Navigation menu Personal tools    Create account     Log in  Namespaces    Article     Talk   Variants Views    Read     Edit     View history  More Search   Special:Search  Go   Navigation    Main page     Contents     Featured content     Current events 
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