The Testament

The Testament

Hardback Alma Classics

By (author) Francois Villon, Translated by Anthony Mortimer

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  • Publisher: Alma Classics
  • Format: Hardback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 200mm x 34mm | 460g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Richmond
  • ISBN 10: 1847493289
  • ISBN 13: 9781847493286
  • Edition statement: Translation
  • Sales rank: 1,217,655

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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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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"