François Rabelais was born in c. 1494 in Poitou, France. It’s believed that Rabelais briefly studied law before becoming a priest around 1521. He broke his vows to study medicine at the University of Montpellier and became a physician at the Hôtel-Dieu in 1532. While there, he published his comic masterpiece Gargantua and Pantagruel, which consisted of several satirical novels.
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