Bale, John, 1495-1563, English dramatist and clergyman. An ardent proponent of the Reformation, he used the stage as a vehicle for his views. His most famous play, King John (written c.1535), shows the transition from the medieval morality play to the Renaissance historical drama by allegorical treatment of the fate of England rather than of the fate of man's soul. Bale's Illustrium … Scriptorum (1548) is one of the first bibliographies of English literature.

See H. McCusker, John Bale, Dramatist and Antiquary (1942, repr. 1971); L. P. Fairfield, John Bale: Mythmaker for the English Reformation (1976).

Bale can refer to any of the following:



Industrial packaging

* Wool bale
* Cotton


  • Akar-Bale language
  • bale, an archaic synonym for evil
  • bale, a bale of rocks, which is a group of rocks.
  • to "bale out" is to exit an airborne aircraft while wearing a parachute (presumably from the resemblance of a backpack parachute to a hay bale). Also spelled bail (as in exiting an untenable situation.)
  • Bale, also spelt bail, to mess up a skateboarding move while performing it. Also known as a Bail/Bale out.
  • Bale, also spelt bail. A jewellery findings item (jewellery findings are components regularly used in the manufacture of jewellery). A bale is a component which is used to attach or suspend a pendant or similar from a chain or other item. A bale will commonly be in the form of a triangular loop which can be clipped or soldered on to a ring.
  • Bale is a collective noun for turtles

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