Bale (John)

  • 1495–1563
  • (agents)
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.
Bale, John, Scriptorum illustrium maioris Brytanniae ... catalogus, 2 vols, Basel, 1557–1559.
Bale, John, Illustrium maioris Britanniae scriptorum: hoc est, Angliae, Cambriae, ac Scotiae summarium, Ipswich, Wesel, 1548–1549.


Secondary sources (select)

OʼSullivan, William, “The Irish ‘remnaunt’ of John Bale’s manuscripts”, in: Richard Beadle, and Alan J. Piper (eds), New science out of old books: studies in manuscripts and early printed books in honour of A. I. Doyle, Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1995. 374–387.
King, John N., “Bale, John (1495–1563)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press, 2004–. URL: <http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/1175>.
Ellis, Steven G., Ireland in the age of the Tudors, 1447–1603: English expansion and the end of the Gaelic rule, Longman History of Ireland, London: Longman, 1998.
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