photo of Bokie in his study, courtesy of his grandson Simon Smith
Thomas Bokenham, also known as "Bokie" has been an avid researcher on the Shakespeare Authorship issue for over forty years. As a result of his research into the 1624 book "Cryptomenytices et Cryptographia" he was able to discover cyphers in the text of the Shakespeare Sonnets, the 1623 Folio, and Bacon and Shakespeare related monuments. This has convinced him that Francis Bacon was the author of Shakespeare, was born of a royal birth and had affiliation with the Rosicrucian Fraternity. He has contributed his time with The Francis Bacon Society as Chairman and Treasurer while penning numerous articles for Baconiana and is the author of two short books "Bacon, Shakespeare and the Rosicrucians" and "A Brief History of the Bacon-Shakespeare Controversy."
In November,1994, Bokie appeared in a BBC TV documentary which was watched by millions called "The Battle of Wills" where he presented evidence of a cypher on the Shakespeare Monument in Poets Corner inside Westminster Abbey.
T.D.Bokenham on the left with Gwen Richards of the BBC
examining the Shakespeare Monument
see: Ten Questions for Baconians
The Ancient Mural of St. Albans