Booking, Ralph of

Booking, Ralph Of (Radulphus Bockingus), an English writer of Chichester, in Sussex, was a monk of the order of St. Dominic, and flourished about 1270. So greatly was he esteemed for probity and learning that Richard de la Wich, bishop of Chichester, made him his confessor. Richard, who died about 1255, was afterwards enrolled among the saints by Urban IV, and his life was written by Ralph, who dedicated it to Isabella, countess of Arundel. It is printed entire in the Acta Sanctorum (April 3) and in an abridged form by Surius (April 3). Pits and Bale ascribe also some sermons to this writer. See Cave, Hist. Lit. ii, 317; Landon, Eccles. Dict. s.v.

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