The vocacyon of Johan Bale

Bale (John)
  • Early Modern English
  • prose
  • Modern sources on Ireland, English texts, Printed book

Autobiographical prose work by John Bale about his experiences as bishop of Ossory (1552/1553), his conflicts with the Irish church, and his exile from Ireland.

The vocacyon of Johan Bale
or in full, The vocacyon of Johan Bale to the bishoprick of Ossorie in Irelande, his persecucions in ye same, & finally delyueraunce
John BaleBale (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.
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  • Early Modern English
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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.] Happé, Peter, and John N. King [eds.], The vocacyon of Johan Bale, Renaissance English Text Society (7th series), 14, Binghamton, New York: Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, State University of New York, 1990.
Dennis Groenewegen
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April 2013, last updated: September 2022