The Tudor Society

January 22 – Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban

Francis Bacon by Paul van Somer

On this day in Tudor history, 22nd January 1561, Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban, was born at York House in the Strand, London.

Bacon served Elizabeth I as Lord Chancellor and was a politician, philosopher, author and scientist. Bacon is known as "the Father of the Scientific method" and developed an investigative method, the Baconian method, which he put forward in his book Novum Organum in 1620. Some people (Baconians) believe that Francis Bacon was the true author of William Shakespeare's plays.

Let me give you a few interesting facts about this famous Tudor…

And that was just an overview of Bacon’s life! You really could write a book or two on that man!

Image: Portrait by Paul van Somer

Here are videos on his parents and also his brother...

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