The Baconian theory was tried in the Supreme Court in the US and found to be wholly without merit. My Google-fu is being overwhelmed by conspiracy theorist sites complaining about said case, rather than me finding an actual record of the case. I’ve looked at a few of those conspiracy sites JIC they accidentally included some facts or a link, but no such luck - and God, the evidence they come up with almost makes me feel sorry for them.
The second-best bed was the family bed, where their children would have been conceived. The best bed was more of a display feature - it would have been in the room where they entertained guests.
Nobody has ever claimed that Shakespeare published the first folio - it was his friends who did so, crediting him with the writing of the plays and including an homage from Ben Jonson which mentioned Shakepeare many times. Having friends publish a collection of written versions of your plays (which was itself unusual and a mark of his renown at the time) is rather different to writing plays and crediting them to yourself.
Shakespeare was in one of the ‘best’ families in a town that had a good grammar school; he definitely was an actor with the King’s Men (people don’t usually deny that) and he was mentioned numerous times by other playwrights of the time. Famously, he was referred to as an ‘upstart crow’:
Which really sounds like bitterness against someone who’s not posh behaving as if he can do as well as the posh people. That’s not something that would be levelled against Bacon or DeVere or any of the conspiracy theorists’s favourites. It also makes it very clear indeed that the playwright Shakespeare was once an actor; Bacon was never an actor.
There is actually more evidence for the existence of a man called Shakespeare, who was a playwright, than there is for the existence of, say, Marlowe - and yet he’s another usual suspect.
I actually think it’s a little bit disgusting that there are still so many people who venerate poshness so much that they can’t believe a working-class man could have written those plays. The plays display mostly really clever wordplay and insight into humanity, not great education. Hell, I understand the tiny bits of Latin in his plays, and that’s without having ever studied Latin at all. Advanced it is not.
The funny thing is, I bet it’d be really easy to apply Baconian cryptology to the works of Bacon and come out with the conclusion that Bacon never wrote them at all, but paid Shakespeare to do so.