"friar Bacon's skull"
Title page of Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay
Public DomainTitle page of Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay - Credit: Robert Greene
 The Honourable History of Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay is an Elizabethan era stage play, a comedy written by Robert Greene. It is widely regarded as Greene's best and most significant play. Friar Bacon - who is based on  the historical Roger Bacon, the thirteenth-century polymath who suffered a popular reputation as a magician - is a necromancer with great magical powers who, appalled by the outcome of  his spells, renounces magic and turns to a life of repentance.