Basic Facts about Sir Francis BaconoNationality - EnglishoLifespan - 1561-1626oBirth - 22nd of January, 1561oSpouse - Alice BurnhamoDeath - 9th of April,1626oParents - Sir Nicholas Bacon, Lady Anne CookeoEducation - Trinity College, Cambridge Gray’s Inn, LondonReligion - ProtestantCharacter of Bacon - Intelligent, ambitious, arrogant, cold and calculating
Sir Francis Bacon was born in London in 1561 to a prominent and well connected family. His parents are Sir Nicholas Bacon, the Lord Keeperof The Seal, and Lady Anne Cooke, daughter of Sir Anthony Cooke, aknight and one time tutor of the royal family. In 1573,just the age oftwelve, he entered Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1576 He began readingLaw at Gray’s Inn. A year later , he interrupted his studies in order totake position in France as an assistant to the ambassador .Unfortunately in 1579 his father died leaving him without support.Without support, he returned to England and resumed to study Law.He complete his Law Degree in 1582 and in 1588, he was namedLecturer in legal studies at Gray’s Inn. In the meantime, he was electedto the Parliament in 1584 as a member for Melcombe in Dorsetshire.He remained in the Parliament as a representative in variousconstituencies for the next 36 years.
•1584 he took up his seat in the House of Commons for Melcombe, in Dorset•1586 he took his seat in Parliament for Taunton•1588 he become lecturer in Gray’s Inn•1592 he entered the service of Robert Devereux the Queen’s favorite Earl of Essex•1593 he openly criticizes the new tax levy and offended Queen Elizabeth I in the process•1594 he wrote ‘Gesta Gragorum ‘•1596 Queen Elizabeth relented and appointed him as a member of her Extraordinary Counsel•1597 he wrote the ‘ The Colours of Good and Evil’, first published his Essays•1601 He become of the Prosecutors of the Earl of the Essex, even though he had originally been one of his supporters•1603 Queen Elizabeth I dies on March 24th 1603 of blood poisoning James I of England, James VI of Scotland , is proclaimed King•1603 He is Knighted by King James the First
•1604 He was appointed as King’s Counsel•1605 He wrote ‘The Advancement of Learning’•1607 He was appointed as Solicitor General•1608 He was appointed as Clerk of the notorious Star Chamber•1613 He was appointed Attorney General•1616 He was made member of the Privy Council•1617 He was appointed as the Lord Keeper of the Royal Seal•1617 He married Alice Burnham on 10th of May 1617•1618 He was appointed as Lord Chancellor•1620 He wrote ‘ Novum Organum’•1621 Bestowed the titles of Lord Verulam of Verulam and then created Viscount St Albans
• 1621 He was arrested and charged with bribery. After pleading guilty,• he was heavily fined and sentenced into prison term in the Tower of London. He was a disgrace and fallen man.• 1622 He wrote ‘Historia Naturalis et Experimentalis ‘• 1625 He wrote ‘Slyva Slyvanum’ including New Atlantis,republished his Essays• 1626 He dies of pneumonia
Literary worksDespite the fanatical claims of a few admirers, it is a virtual certainty thatBacon did not write the works traditionally attributed to WilliamShakespeare. Even so, the Lord Chancellor’s high place in the history ofEnglish literature as well as his influential role in the development ofEnglish prose style remain well-establish and secure. Indeed even if Baconhad produced nothing else but his masterful Essays , he would still rateamong the top echelon of 17th century English authors.Bacon’s style though elegant, is by no means as simple as it seems or asit is often described. In fact it is actually a fairly complex affair thatachieves its air of ease and clarity more through its balanced cadences,natural metaphors, and carefully arranged symmetries .
The New AtlantisNew Atlantis is a novel by Sir Francis Bacon, published in Latin (as Nova Atlantis) in 1624 and in English in 1627. In this work, Bacon portrayed a vision of the future of human discovery and knowledge, expressing his aspirations and ideals for humankind. The novel depicts the creation of a utopian land where "generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendour, piety and public spirit" are the commonly held qualities of the inhabitants of "Bensalem". The plan and organization of his ideal college, "Salomons House" (or Solomons House) envisioned the modern research university in both applied and pure sciences.
• 1. Of Truth • 21. Of Delays• 2. Of Death• 3. Of Unity in Religion • 22. Of Cunning• 4. Of Revenge • 23. Of Wisdom for a Mans Self• 5. Of Adversity • 24. Of Innovations• 6. Of Simulation and Dissimulation • 25. Of Dispatch• 7. Of Parents and Children • 26. Of Seeming Wise• 8. Of Marriage and Single Life• 9. Of Envy • 27. Of Friendship• 10. Of Love • 28. Of Expense• 11. Of Great Place • 29. Of the True Greatness of• 12. Of Boldness Kingdoms and Estates• 13. Of Goodness and Goodness of • 30. Of Regiment of Health Nature• 14. Of Nobility • 31. Of Suspicion• 15. Of Seditions • 32. Of Discourse• 16. Of Atheism • 33. Of Plantations• 17. Of Superstition • 34. Of Riches• 18. Of Travel • 35. Of Prophecies• 19. Of Empire• 20. Of Counsel • 36. Of Ambition
• 37. Of Masques and Triumphs • 53. Of Praise• 38. Of Nature in Men • 54. Of Vain-glory• 39. Of Custom and Education • 55. Of Honor and Reputation• 40. Of Fortune • 56. Of Judicature• 41. Of Usury • 57. Of Anger• 42. Of Youth and Age • 58. Of Vicissitude of Things• 43. Of Beauty • 59. Of Fame• 44. Of Deformity • 60. A Glossary of Archaic Words and• 45. Of Building Phrases• 46. Of Gardens• 47. Of Negotiating• 48. 0f Followers and Friends• 49. Of Suitors• 50. Of Studies• 51. Of Faction• 52. Of Ceremonies, and Respects
What is truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer. Certainly there be, that delight in giddiness, and count it a bondage to fix a belief; affecting free-will in thinking, as well as in acting. And though the sects of philosophers of that kind be gone, yet there remain certain discoursing wits, which are of the same veins, though there be not so much blood in them, as was in those of the ancients. But it is not only the difficulty and labor, which men take in finding out of truth, nor again, that when it is found, it imposeth upon mens thoughts, that doth bring lies in favor; but a natural though corrupt love, of the lie itself. One of the later school of the Grecians, examineth the matter, and is at a stand, to think what should be in it, that men should love lies; where neither they make for pleasure, as with poets, nor for advantage, as with the merchant; but for the lies sake. But I cannot tell; this same truth, is a naked, and open day- light, that doth not show the masks, and mummeries, and triumphs, of the world, half so stately and daintily as candle-lights. Truth may perhaps come to the price of a pearl, that showeth best by day; but it will not rise to the price of a diamond, or carbuncle, that showeth best in varied lights. A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure. Doth any man doubt, that if there were taken out of mens minds, vain opinions, flattering hopes, false valuations, imaginations as one would, and the like, but it would leave the minds, of a number of men, poor shrunken things, full of melancholy and indisposition, and unpleasing to themselves?
One of the fathers, in great severity, called poesy vinum doemonum, because it filleth the imagination; and yet, it is but with the shadow of a lie. But it is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in, and settleth in it, that doth the hurt; such as we spake of before. But, howsoever these things are thus in mens depraved judgments, and affections, yet truth, which only doth judge itself, teacheth that the inquiry of truth, which is the love-making, or wooing of it, the knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it, and the belief of truth, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature. The first creature of God, in the works of the days, was the light of the sense; the last, was the light of reason; and his sabbath work ever since, is the illumination of his Spirit. First he breathed light, upon the face of the matter or chaos; then he breathed light, into the face of man; and still he breatheth and inspireth light, into the face of his chosen. The poet, that beautified the sect, that was otherwise inferior to the rest, saith yet excellently well: It is a pleasure, to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tossed upon the sea; a pleasure, to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle, and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth (a hill not to be commanded, and where the air is always clear and serene), and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below; so always that this prospect be with pity, and not with swelling, or pride. Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a mans mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth.
To pass from theological, and philosophical truth, to the truth of civil business; it will be acknowledged, even by those that practise it not, that clear, and round dealing, is the honor of mans nature; and that mixture of falsehoods, is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it. For these winding, and crooked courses, are the goings of the serpent; which goeth basely upon the belly, and not upon the feet. There is no vice, that doth so cover a man with shame, as to be found false and perfidious. And therefore Montaigne saith prettily, when he inquired the reason, why the word of the lie should be such a disgrace, and such an odious charge? Saith he, If it be well weighed, to say that a man lieth, is as much to say, as that he is brave towards God, and a coward towards men. For a lie faces God, and shrinks from man. Surely the wickedness of falsehood, and breach of faith, cannot possibly be so highly expressed, as in that it shall be the last peal, to call the judgments of God upon the generations of men; it being foretold, that when Christ cometh, he shall not find faith upon the earth.