Robert Bale (monk)

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Robert Bale, O.Carm., (died 1503), was an English Carmelite friar and scholar.

Biography[edit]

Bale was a native of Norfolk, and when very young entered the Carmelite monastery at Norwich. Having a great love of learning, he spent a portion of every year in the Carmelite priories at Oxford or Cambridge. He became prior of the monastery of his order at Burnham Norton,.[1]

Bale enjoyed a high reputation for learning, and collected a valuable library, which he bequeathed to his priory upon his death on 11 November 1503.

His principal works were:

  1. Annales Ordinis Carmelitarum (Bod. Arch. Seld. B. 72).
  2. Historia Heliæ Prophetæ
  3. Officium Simonis Angli (i.e. of St. Simon Stock, the first English Carmelite friar and a major figure in the establishment of the Carmelite Order).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British History Online – Gallow and Brothercross Hundreds – Burnham Norton". Retrieved 29 January 2011.

"Bale, Robert (d.1503)" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Bale, Robert (d.1503)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.