François Villon Biography

Poet (c. 1431–c. 1463)
François Villon is known for his lyric poetry and his life of crime. He was banished from France in 1462 after committing robbery and killing a priest.


French poet François Villon was born in 1431 in Paris, France. He was a trained scholar, but lived a life of criminal activity, involving theft and robbery. He once killed a priest during a brawl. In 1462, he was sentenced to death. The sentence was changed to banishment and he was never heard from again. His work, published posthumously, is noted for its poetic depth and rhyme.

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