Lord Keeper Bacon and the Writing on the Wall

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The literary talents of Sir Nicholas Bacon are somewhat overshadowed by those of his more famous son Francis, yet he was considered in his own time one of the pillars of English eloquence. His speeches in Parliament and his poems are completed by an unusual stylistic exercise, the writing on his walls at Gorhambury of sententiae reworked from his favourite thinkers, Cicero and Seneca. These walls, unlike Montaigne's, read like a moral and political guide to his steering of the State ship. They provide a significant transitional link between the parliamentary and the dramatic stages of Elizabethan London.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5235/175214810793153878

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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