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Sir Francis Bacon's Career



Sir Francis Bacon was born on 22 January 1561 to Sir Nicholas Bacon at York house in the Strand in Elizabethan era. He completed his education from Trinity College Cambridge. It was in Cambridge that bacon first met the Queen. She was very impressed with his intellect and knowledge.

Bacon had decided to join the embassy to France and he did join it however, his father's untimely death led to the end of his sojourn. Now Francis had to decide on a profession and for a long time he thought of joining the court on some post.

This was not successful and he finally turned his attention to the pursuit of his career in law. It was during these days that he penned his first philosophical draft - Temporis Partus Maximus.

In subsequent years Francis bridged contacts with many eminent personalities and these contacts helped him to propel his career forward. He was quite good at his work as it is. To add to it he incurred the comradeship of many influential people.

Perhaps the most notable of such contacts was the one that Francis had formed with the Earl of Essex. The Earl helped Francis to further his career and used his influence to get him to posts that were not necessarily allowed to Francis so early in his career.

It is said that there was a certain post that Francis coveted but it had to go to Coke who was more deserving. This riled Francis up and the Earl of Essex gifted him with a property in Twickenham to soothe his pride.

In 1596 the first edition of his Essays 10 in number was published. This put Francis in the limelight and the work was moderately popular. However, around 1601 there came a certain change in the politics of the country. The Earl of Essex had dishonoured himself and had lost the Queen's affections. He was arrested and condemned for a horde of charges.

Francis had been appointed as one of the officers to look into the case and provide true witness. Francis provided a very intense and somewhat crude enthusiasm in pressing the case against the man who was considered his friend and patron for a very long time.

In 1603 he was knighted during the reign of James I and he also endeavoured in writing Apology (defence) for his involvement and unfavourable action in the Essex case.

Francis had penned many great works of philosophy in his lifetime and he led a full and intense life replete with loads of experiences.

While above details are more about his career, also read about Francis Bacon's life in general including his childhood.

   
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