The Testament

The Testament

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The most celebrated of French medieval poets, Francois Villon makes poetry out the basest material - the raw urban life of Paris with its petty officials, students, clergy, tradesmen, pimps, whores and thieves. Despite successful studies, the young Villon immersed himself in this world, embarking on a career of petty crime that brought him repeated imprisonment. Condemned to death, but then reprieved and banished from Paris, he disappears from history in 1463, leaving behind a legend of poete maudit that has never lost its fascination. Dual language edition.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 148 x 200 x 34mm | 459.99g
  • Alma Books Ltd
  • Alma Classics
  • Richmond, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Translation
  • 1847493289
  • 9781847493286
  • 867,627

About Francois Villon

Francois Villon was a French poet best known for The Testament and Ballade des Pendus, written while in prison.show more

Review quote

"Technically, the translation is brilliant. (...) While staying close to Villon's meaning, sensitive both to the learned allusions and to the colloquial quips, Mortimer has found a way of speaking to us today, of revealing the depth of suffering known by those who no longer belong to any place." - TLS "These are truly wonderful translations, fluent, musical, technically brilliant - could there be a better Villon in English?" - John Banvilleshow more