1485 – Mateo Bandello was born in Castelnuovo Scrivia, Norhtern Italy.
1550 – He moved to France to become a Bishop of Agen.
1554-1573 – Wrote 214 short stories, Novelle, characterized by an innovative open structure and variety of topics inspired by history, contemporary events, and tradition.
1562 – He died in the town of Agen.
1567 – His novels was translated into English by Sir Geoffrey Fenton.
The stories inspired, among others, Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Twelfth Night", Shelley and Stendhal "I Cenci", Lope de Vega, and Byron.