John Pits

(1550—1616) Roman Catholic priest

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(1550–1616). Pits was born and educated in England until in 1580 he went into voluntary exile as a Catholic; after study in Rome, he was ordained, and worked mainly in France but also in a number of other continental countries. In the third part of his Relationes historicae de rebus Anglicis (Paris, 1619), pp. 572–5, Pits, despite his abhorrence for its compiler, took over the biography of Chaucer and the list of his works printed by Bale, themselves derived largely from Leland.

From The Oxford Companion to Chaucer in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).

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