Unfortunately Virginia Fellows died before her new book The Shakespeare Code was published. Virginia was one of a growing number of researchers that are convinced William Shakespeare was a sham, the actual author of the great plays being Sir Francis Bacon. Bacon is widely acknowledged as the illegitimate child of Queen Elizabeth I. 

Furthermore Ms. Fellows informs us that the plays and sonnets, while being great works of literature also contain hidden messages in a coded form.

Ms. Fellows makes a convincing argument that using the Bi-literal or Trithemius cipher systems, the reader can actually read a new and completely different story in the plays.

William Shakespeare is world famous, he is an author that you either love or hate. This is the author that generations of school children have grown up to dislike. Written nearly 400 years ago, the stories do not usually appeal to the younger generations. I for one remember being forced to read and dissect some of the plays in grammar school, I share in their pain!

The first printed efforts of William Shakespeare were released in 1623, and is widely known as the Shakespeare Folio, 36 plays and other works are included.

According to Ms. Fellows the real story contained within the Folio is actually more of a diary concerning the life and times of Francis Bacon, his contemporaries, and comments about the Elizabethan age.

Using the strange use of fonts, italics and capitalization as keys, a completely different tale is revealed.

According to the deciphered material in The Shakespeare Code, Queen Elizabeth had two illegitimate children, Francis Bacon, and Robert, who later became the Earl of Essex. Many historians acknowledge Francis Bacon as being the illegitimate son of Queen Elizabeth, but few acknowledge there may have been a second child. The latter meeting an untimely end from the executioners axe in the Tower of London at the Queens behest.

Although brought up in different family environments they do join forces during their early adulthood, each trying to help the other in their quest for fame, and subsequent fortune.

Queen Elizabeth is portrayed as a very strong willed woman who would go to almost any lengths to ensure the security of her position. While Frances and Robert were widely accepted as her progeny within court circles, at no point did the Queen publicly admit it.

A good example of her iron will is shown when the young Francis Bacon gains the disfavor of the Queen and is effectively banished. His punishment for defying the queen is to spend three years in France. During this period in exile he falls in love with a beautiful woman. He seeks the Queens permission to marry, however permission is not forthcoming. Relations between the two countries were at a stressful stage. This, according to Virginia Fellows was the basis for the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Historians have talked about this well documented event, and when taken with the secret writings it becomes an even more endearing story.

There has been a rash of Code books recently, started no doubt by Dan Brown’s blockbuster The Da Vinci Code. The difference with this book is that Virginia began her quest many years before this genre of book became popular. The other significant difference is that relatively little time is spent on the intricacies of the code, rather we are entertained by what the decoded information tells us about life in the court of the Queen Elizabeth I.

Combining the secrets contained in the works of Shakespeare with actual contemporary accounts from the era, the author weaves an interesting and in many ways sad tale about the life and times of Francis Bacon. Maybe more importantly it is an interesting look at a somewhat turbulent period of history. Virginia includes a chapter about the deciphering system, so if you feel like doing some sleuthing, you can join in the fun.

This is a book that may not make the New York Times best seller list, but it is an interesting and thought provoking work. If you are looking for something a little different, this might be it.

Obviously I can not interview the author; however I have been informed that there is an equally avid proponent of The Shakespeare Code  running with the project. I am hoping to track her down and have a chat.

Simon Barrett

http://zzsimonb.blogspot.com/

 

 

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