The Testament

The Testament

By (author) Francois Villon , Translated by Anthony Mortimer

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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.

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  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 148 x 200 x 34mm | 459.99g
  • 01 Jun 2014
  • Alma Books Ltd
  • Alma Classics
  • Richmond
  • English
  • Translation
  • 1847493289
  • 9781847493286
  • 1,994,329

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

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"These are truly wonderful translations, fluent, musical, technically brilliant--could there be a better Villon in English?" --John Banville, author, "The Sea"

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