Part time Lord Chancellor, part time philosopher, part time Attorney General, part time scientist. Full time genius. Bacon was probably the most highly educated man in Elizabeth's Britain. His invention of the Baconian method of scientific enquiry is still central today to what Bacon called the advancement of learning. Freezing chickens is now much safer than it was in his day. His library, for which he designed a new classification system, was extensive and included the best collection of Shakespeare quartos anywhere in the country. And a tavern half a mile from his estate at Gorhambury contains the only contemporary mural of a Shakespeare play anywhere - Venus and Adonis. So what was the connection between Shakespeare and Bacon? The two cleverest men of their age? Nobody knows. Though you could fill a library with the speculation.