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Bandello, Matteo, born at Castelnuovo, Italy, in 1480, entered the Dominican order, and on the Spanish invasion of Italy, in 1525, went to France, and obtained the bishopric of Agen, which he resigned in 1555, dying in 1562. He wrote a great many verses, and several novels of a licentious description in the style of Boccaccio. Shakespeare, Massinger, and Beaumont and Fletcher derived some of the incidents of their plays from him.