Bale (John)

  • 1495–1563
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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Warner, J. Christopher, John Bale's catalogue of Tudor authors: an annotated translation of records from the Scriptorum illustrium maioris Brytanniae ... catalogus (1557–1559), Tempe, Arizona: ACMRS, 2010. xl + 427 pp.  
A meticulously annotated translation of the Tudor-era title entries in John Bale’s two-part Catalogue of British Authors, identifying over 1500 extant and lost works by 237 writers of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Each title is translated from the Latin and if extant identified, with cross-references to STC and other catalogues, locations of manuscript and non-STC works, a general index, STC index, and other indices that make this an indispensable resource for the study of Tudor political and intellectual history, the English Reformation, early English Renaissance literature, and the rise of the printing press and English book culture.
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King, John N., “Bale, John (1495–1563)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press. URL: <>.
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.
O'Sullivan, William, “The Irish ‘remnaunt’ of John Bale’s manuscripts”, in: Beadle, Richard, 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.
McCusker, Honor, “Books and manuscripts formerly in the possession of John Bale”, The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, 4th series, 16:2 (1935): 144–165.
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.