RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 44802825 LA English T1 The poetry of François Villon : text and context A1 Taylor, Jane H. M., PB Cambridge University Press PP Cambridge; New York YR 2001 SN 0521792703 9780521792707 AB "This book casts new light on the work of Francois Villon, one of the most famous but least understood poets of the later Middle Ages. Traditionally Villon has been viewed by scholars as an alienated outsider in his own time, whose work was in many respects derivative and commonplace. Jane Taylor instead points to the flair and originality of Villon's poetry, and the urgency and brilliance of his poetic dialogue with his predecessors and contemporaries. Taylor describes Villon's literary milieu as marked by an enjoyment of debate and competition, and shows the prominent place that he occupied in that poetic landscape. She argues that Villon's contemporaries were accustomed to reading in depth and in detail: they would have recognised and appreciated the flamboyance with which Villon challenged commonplace or ideological preconception."--BOOK JACKET.