This book explores the story of Sir Francis Bacon, the (alleged) son of Queen Elizabeth I, The Virgin Queen. A cipher wheel exists today that was used to painstakingly decode the works of Williams Shakespeare and find, within the folds of literary genius, the story of an ignored heir to the Tudor throne.
There are many adjectives I could use here, dear reader. Exciting, intriguing, beguiling - but I think I will stick with...fantastic! You will be amazed by the little known fact, (at least to most), that there are two societies (which are still in operation today) called the Stratfordians (who believe that William Shakespeare is definitely who he said he was and the much beloved writer of, well, any time period); and a group called the Baconians, who truly believe (and, in this reader's opinion) has offered a ton of information that states the case that Sir Francis Bacon was the real Shakespeare, who simply hired old Will to be the "mask" that hid Bacon's works from the Queen. Much like the Montagues and Capulets, these "families" are still battling for the real truth.
Bacon was a member, if not the originator, of a secret society of `pens'; writers who used Athena, the goddess of Athens, as their representative. The goddess of Athens, by the way, was known as the Spear-Shaker (hmm).
There is an extremely well-thought out and, fantastically presented, case for Francis Bacon, here. And, I must say, I believe that Virginia Fellows and the Baconians have a valid point. This book shows the cipher that was discovered in Shakespeare's works that make it not only real and of great historical value, but, most importantly, believable that the fiery Queen Elizabeth was at one time produced on the written page as Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra. Francis Bacon, being only one of Queen Elizabeth's unrecognized offspring, buried the "real" story in the words of `Shakespeare' so that he would not be brought before his volatile mother, accused of treason, and lose his head at the Tower of London.
Perfect, mesmerizing, deliciously fun, this book is for anyone interested in history, codes, science, literature, conspiracies - pretty much anything. This is not akin to another familiar, best-selling `Code'. It is quite real, and a work of pure genius. Let the debate begin!