Sir Francis Bacon is thrown into Tower of London. He has had the favor of King James I for some years, but he is accused of serious corruption as Lord Chancellor — specifically, accepting gifts from people appearing before him in legal cases.
A special Parliamentary Committee charges Sir Francis Bacon with 23 counts of corruption. He confesses and begs for mercy; he's sentenced to a fine and imprisonment, though the king remits his fine and only keeps him in the Tower of London for a few days. Sir Francis Bacon narrowly escapes being stripped of all his titles of nobility.