Robert Bale (monk)
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,.
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:
- Annales Ordinis Carmelitarum (Bod. Arch. Seld. B. 72).
- Historia Heliæ Prophetæ
- 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).
- "British History Online – Gallow and Brothercross Hundreds – Burnham Norton". Retrieved 29 January 2011.
Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900..