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Who Wrote Bacon?: William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, And James I : A Mystery For The Twenty- First Century Paperback – Bargain Price, September 30, 2004

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A book vital for English-speaking people and for our time. -- Terry M. Boardman, author of Mapping the Millennium

Opens up a new understanding of King James I and his connections to esoteric streams of his time. -- Dr Kristin Rygg, senior lecturer at Hedmark University College, Norway; author of Masqued Mysteries Unmasked

The most incisive contribution to the Shakespeare authorship question we have seen to date ... profound and indispensable. -- Dr John O’Meara, author of Othello’s Sacrifice and Prospero’s Powers

About the Author

Richard Ramsbotham (M.A. Cantab.) was born in 1962. After teaching English Literature at Warsaw University (1989-1993), he trained at Artemis School of Speech and Drama and later worked as a performer and writer with the Rose Theatre Company. He teaches drama at the Glasshouse College, Stourbridge, and is writing the authorized biography of Vernon Watkins.
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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Rudolph Steiner Pr (September 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902636546
  • ASIN: B006W46RY6
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,953,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ramsbotham went to a performance of Much Ado about Nothing where the main actor came out afterwards and thanked the audience as well as "the spirit of Shakespeare, who was present". As Ramsbotham read in the program later, that same actor claimed that spirit to be also the "spirit of Francis Bacon." This led Ramsbotham on his ten years of research into this matter which culminated in this book.

His first revelation came when he finds that Rudolf Steiner claimed that one spirit, one initiate, inspired both Bacon and Shakespeare.

[page 4] Steiner states, unequivocally, that both Bacon and Shakespeare were inspired by the same individual, termed by Steiner as an "initiate". But he does not name this person.

Ramsbotham discovered some Baconians who claim that Francis Bacon wrote the King James Bible. This eventually led him to his amazing insight about James I: that it was the initiate that Steiner referred to.

[page 4] One evening, dwelling on this material, it suddenly struck me, with a profound jolt, that it was this same historical individual who Steiner was seeing as the inspirer of both Shakespeare and Bacon.

Ramsbotham spend a lot of time explaining the reasons for his confidence in Rudolf Steiner's words, but as many of my Good Readers are already convinced, as I am, of the veracity of Steiner's teachings, I will skip the explanations. For the skeptical or curious, the book is quite explicit and is available to read for oneself.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By steve steinburg on December 19, 2008
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Shakspere wrote Shakespeare, Bacon wrote Bacon, King James ("born under Gemini"), inspired their writings. Throw in a 19th century `scientific' spiritualist named Rudolf Steiner, an obscure and possibly mythical person named Christian Rosenkreuz from the 15th century, a large dose of Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry, an extremely naïve acceptance of all Stratfordian assumptions, and you have something that defies description, logic,and digestion.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel H. Schmidt on December 28, 2013
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What fool requires authenticity and pretends to be an honest man? One that makes judgments without reading here; should not require an honest ear for representation or for listening. Libraries are filled with books written defending Francis Bacon. Great Men have defended him. Not just defending but demonstrating. Those who fail to demonstrate have great difficulty defending the indefensible. This book at least defends its opinion with some history and fact. So let it speak! Shake-Speare as the fool Falstaff (False Staff) from Stratford's authorship is indefensible. It has made no sense to thinking men for centuries. So we keep good company. They pretend who think that the Baconian authorship became a phenomenon out of its time. It was understood by friends and honored. But like other fairy tales and phantasies of the University they can have theirs and we'll have ours. They argue for money not for what is true and defensible. Truth doesn't seem to matter to them; as it does to us. Neither does the DeVere company make a good defense. It's all driven by politics. People flock to dawn the masks of minions. We would prefer the company of honest men. So, Praise God for the company of honest men; there are so few of them... We shall see if he is right or not... First read then make opinion.
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