Personal life



At the age of 45, Bacon married 14-year-old Alice Barnham, who was a daughter of a well-connected London alderman and member of Parliament. Francis wrote two sonnets, where he proclaimed his love for Alice. The first was written during his courtship and the second on their wedding day. When Bacon was appointed lord chancellor, Lady Bacon was given precedence over all other Court ladies.


Several authors believe that, despite the marriage, Francis was primarily attracted to men.Forker, who explored this aspect with some historical documentary of both Francis Bacon and King James, I concluded that they were both orientated to "masculine love," a term that seemingly was used only to refer to the sexual preference of men for representatives of their gender.

This assumption has been disputed by others, who explained by lack of consistent evidence and considered the sources to be more open to interpretation.


Francis Bacon died of pneumonia On 9 April 1626. At that time, he was at Arundel mansion at Highgate outside London. Francis was buried in St Michael's church. At the news of his death, over 30 great minds collected together their eulogies of him, which were then later published in Latin.