Biography of John Bale

This article contains a concise biographical timeline for John Bale (1495-1563). He was an English churchman, historian, and controversialist. His unhappy disposition and habit of quarrelling earned him the nickname “bilious Bale”. He promulgated Annian theories in England.

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1495 – He is born

1529 – He obtains a B.D. from Jesus College, Cambridge.

1533 – He is elected the (last) Prior of the Ipswich Carmelite house.

1534 – He is summoned before the Archbishop of York for a sermon against the invocation of saints preached at Doncaster.

1538 – He produces Three Laws of Nature, Moses and Christ, corrupted by the Sodomytes, Pharisees and Papystes most wicked. He writes A Tragedye; or enterlude manifesting the chief promyses of God unto Man, The Temptacyon of our Lorde, and A brefe Comedy or Enterlude of Johan Baptystes preachynge in the Wyldernesse, etc.

1545 – He publishes The Image of Both Churches, a detailed commentary on the book of Revelation.

1548 – He publishes Illustrium majoris Britanniae scriptorum, hoc est, Angliae, Cambriae, ac Scotiae Summarium… (“A Summary of the Famous Writers of Great Britain, that is, of England, Wales and Scotland”).

1552 – He is promoted to the Irish see of Ossory.

1557-1559 – He publishes Scriptorum illustrium majoris Britanniae…Catalogus (“Catalogue of the Famous Writers of Great Britain”).

1560 – He receives a prebendal stall at Canterbury.

1562 – He again produces Three Laws of Nature, Moses and Christ, corrupted by the Sodomytes, Pharisees and Papystes most wicked.

1563 – He dies in Canterbury.

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References;

1 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bale

2 – https://www.jstor.org/stable/3251832?seq=5#metadata_info_tab_contents

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