Matteo Bandello, an Italian novelist, born at Castelnuovo Scrivia, near Alessandria, in 1480, died in Agen, France, about 1562. He was a Dominican, accompanied his uncle, general of this order, on his travels in Italy, and was teacher in Milan of Lucrezia Gonzaga, whom he celebrated in his Canti (Leila lode della S. Lucrezia Gonzaga (Agen, 1545). In 1525, having sided with the French, he had to fly from Milan, and found an asylum with Cesare Fregoso, an Italian general in the French service, alter whose death he remained an inmate of his family at Agen. Appointed in 1550 by the king of France bishop of Agen, he accepted part of the emolument of this office, its duties being discharged by the bishop of Grasse, while he prepared for publication his Novelle, or tales, the MSS. of which had been recovered by his friends from the incendiaries of his Milanese residence. They were used by Shakespeare in "Romeo and Juliet," "Twelfth Night," and "Much Ado about Nothing;" by Massingcr in his " Picture; " and by Beaumont and Fletcher in "The Maid of the Mill" and "The Triumph of Death." He translated the Hecuba of Euripides, and wrote poetry (Rime, Turin, 1816); but his fame rests on his Novelle, published at Lucca in 3 vols., 1554 (4th vol., Lyons, 1573); more complete editions are those of London (4 vols.. 1740; 9 vols., 1791-'3) and Milan (9 vols., 1818-'14). The most recent Italian edition is that of Turin (4 vols., 1853).