François Villon: A Documented Survey by D. B. Wyndham Lewis

By D. B. Wyndham Lewis

A readable but hugely literate examine of the lifestyles and instances of French poet Villon. whereas little is understood of Villon's beginning or demise, there's a good deal to be discovered on his recalcitrant existence. He used to be a French Poet, a thief, and a normal vagabond. In his poems the traditional sorts of French verse are lively with the keenest feel of private emotion, of affection, of depression, of mocking depression, and of repentance for a lifestyles handed in taverns and prisons. See different titles by means of this writer on hand from Kessinger Publishing.

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Street, is to in- the tavern, and the brothel know and hail him as ung bon follaslre; his recurring moodiness and lovesickness apart. He has already killed his man in the affair outside St. Benoit, and has only recently returned to Paris after a prudent withdrawal to the neighbourhood of Bourgla-Reine, on the Orleans road. Of the Seven Deadly Sins known to the Medievals (for they had not yet been abolished by a Viennese Jew) he is already held firmly in bond by at leaSt five: Covetousness, LuSt, Sloth, Gluttony, and Anger.

The buying of honour with gifts is a shocking thing for any man of our own age to contemplate: but the later Middle Ages were, alas! no less lax than they were superstitious. 15 Nevertheless, for all its decadence the University which bred Villon still fulfilled its chiefeft end. It was Still the road along which the poorest ragged Student of no birth, having kept his terms by begging, might advance at la£t to honour in Church or State, and from rubbing shoulders with crimps and toughs in underground dens come to sitting equal with princes and rulers of the earth.

Richelieu destroyed this building, reconstructing it 1627-1642. Of Richelieu's Sorbonne only the church now remains, with his tomb in it. The modern Sorbonne was built over and beyond the old site by Nenot, between 1885 and 1901. In the pavement of a court in the Rue de la Sorbonne traces of the medieval outline could be seen till quite recently. A print of the medieval Sorbonne, from which I have roughly described it, exists, dated • tations, — 4 1550. 5 Rashdall, Universities of Europe in the Middle Ages, Oxford, 1895.

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