John Bale and Controversy

Peter Happé

in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199205882
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

John Bale and Controversy

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John Bale lived for almost sixty-eight years and our knowledge about his life is sufficiently detailed to allow us to be aware of its complexity. From his autobiographical writings and other sources we perceive a busy and enterprising man who experienced much in a period of intense social, political, cultural, and religious change. He was affected by these changes but he also contributed to them, and this article examines his participation and his varied achievements by considering the many different audiences he addressed. It first outlines the salient features of his life story. It then reviews how the content of his work was directed to different recipients, and considers how he sought to manage the preparation and presentation of his work by looking at the physical aspects of his books and manuscripts.

Keywords: life story; books; manuscripts

Article.  7805 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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