London – Islington – Francis Bacon

After reading Daphne du Maurier’s biography of Anthony Bacon we moved on to her biography of Francis Bacon, the more famous of the two brothers. Called “The Winding Stair: Francis Bacon His Rise and Fall”, this book is another interesting take on the Elizabethan era and the reign of James I that followed it.
Du Maurier does tend to skip over Bacon’s scientific achievements and only devotes a couple of sentences to his possible membership of the Rosicrucians. When last in London we visited Canonbury Tower in Islington, which was leased by Francis Bacon from 1616 to 1625, and as some believe, provided a secret meeting place for the Rosicrucian Order.

Canonbury Tower Islington


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