Index Britanniae scriptorum

John Bale
  • Latin
  • prose
  • English texts
John Bale's catalogue of British and other authors as it appears in his notebook. Unlike his two published catalogues, this version is alphabetically arranged.
Bale (John)
Bale (John)
English protestant churchman; bishop of Ossory (1552/3); antiquarian and collector of manuscripts; author of a number of polemical plays, such as Kynge Johan, and an autobiographical work called The Vocacyon of Johan Bale.

See more

A notebook among the Selden MSS in the Bodleian Library:

  • Latin
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
Related: Scriptorum illustrium maioris Brytanniae ... catalogusScriptorum illustrium maioris Brytanniae ... catalogusA two-volume printed work containing John Bale's extensive chronological catalogue of British and other authors (1557-1559). It builds on his earlier work, Illustrium maioris Britanniae scriptorum ... summarium (1548-1549), which is here significantly expanded and thoroughly revised.


English textsEnglish texts


Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Poole, Reginald Lane, and Mary Bateson [eds.], Index Britanniae scriptorum, Anecdota Oxoniensia, Mediaeval and Modern Series, 9, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1902.
 : <link>
Dennis Groenewegen
Page created
April 2013, last updated: January 2024