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Françoy Villon, one of the greatest French poets, whose real name was Françoy de Montcorbier or Françoy des Loges, was born in Paris about 1431. Master Guillaume de Villon, the canon of Saint-Benoît-le Bestourné, and a professor of canon law took Villon into his house. He attended to Françoy' s education. In March 1449 Villon was received as a bachelor of arts at the Sorbonne degree of master of arts later in 1452. Later the poet adopted his name and rendered it imperishable.
It is certain that in 1457 resided at Angers, sojourned at the Court of Charles d' Orléans (Château de Blois) At Meung-sur-Loire he was imprisoned by Thibault d' Aussigny, Bishop of Orléans and was released in October 1461. The reason is not know.
His chief works included Le Lais (Legacy) (Le Petit Testament) (1456), Le Grand Testament (1461-1462), ballades, chansons and rondeaux. His work is remarkable for its rare inspiration and sincerity.
In the autumn of 1462 he was living in the cloisters of Saint-Benoit but a sentence was commuted to banishment on January 1463. The actual event is unknown but he left Paris, after that date he disappears from history.
In 1489 Level printed the first edition, Clément Marot prepared the first critical edition in 1533. Villon` s poetry has been translated into more than twenty five languages.

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