Francis Bacon

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Full NameFrancis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban
Other NamesLord Verulam
TitlesThe Right Honourable, The Viscount St Alban, PC
OfficeLord High Chancellor of England
Term as Lord High Chancellor7 March 1617 – 3 May 1621
Monarch During TermJames I
Preceded bySir Thomas Egerton
Succeeded byJohn Williams
Previous OfficeAttorney General of England and Wales
Term as Attorney General26 October 1613 – 7 March 1617
Monarch During Attorney General TermJames I
Preceded by (Attorney General)Sir Henry Hobart
Succeeded by (Attorney General)Sir Henry Yelverton
Birth22 January 1561, The Strand, London, England
Death9 April 1626 (aged 65), Highgate, Middlesex, England
Resting PlaceSt Michael’s Church, St Albans
SpouseAlice Barnham (m. 1604)
ParentsSir Nicholas Bacon (father), Lady Anne Bacon (mother)
EducationTrinity College, Cambridge; Gray’s Inn
Notable WorksWorks by Francis Bacon, Novum Organum
EraRenaissance philosophy, 17th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Main InterestsNatural philosophy, Philosophical logic
Notable IdeasScientific method based on inductive reasoning, skepticism
ContributionsAdvancement of natural philosophy, promotion of scientific experimentation
PatronagePatron of libraries, developed a system for cataloguing books
Famous Quote“Some books are to be tasted; others swallowed; and some few to be chewed and digested.”
Shakespearean Authorship ThesisA fringe theory suggesting Bacon wrote some or all of the plays attributed to William Shakespeare
HonorsFirst recipient of Queen’s counsel designation (1597), knighted by James I, created Baron Verulam (1618), created Viscount St Alban (1621)
Death CausePneumonia
Burial PlaceSt Michael’s Church, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Francis Bacon Books

Novum Organum1620
New Atlantis1626
The Advancement of Learning1605
The Wisdom of the Ancients1609
Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries1623
Of the Advancement and Proficiencie of LearningN/A
New Atlantis and The Great InstaurationN/A
Confessio Fraternitatis1615
The Two Books of Francis Bacon1605
History of the Reign of King Henry VII1622
Valerius Terminus1603
Francis Bacon: Portraits and HeadsN/A
The Essays of BaconN/A
The WorksN/A
Lord Bacon’s Essays, Or Counsels Moral and Civil: 1N/A
Music, Music, Music! Pack of 4N/A
Philosophical WorksN/A
“The” Works of Francis Bacon: Translations of the Philosophical Works ; 2N/A
Sci-Fi Anthology: Lost Worlds & Alternative UniversesN/A
The Works of Francis Bacon: Volume 10N/A
The Works of Lord Bacon with an Introductory Essay, and a Portrait: Vol. 1N/A
The Advancement Of Learning; Volume 2N/A

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