Villon may have spent some time at Duke Charles d'Orleans' court at Blois; three of his poems are included in the duke's personal book. He penned one of them in honor of the duke's daughter, Marie d'Orleans, either when she was born on December 19, 1457, or when she arrived at Orleans on July 17, 1460. Either way, it was after his own birth in May 1456 that prevented him from attending either ceremony.
After leaving Blois for Paris, where he was hired as a tutor to the future King Charles VII, Villon made his home in the Latin Quarter. His employer was able to afford fine clothes and gifts for his servants, but not enough for Villon. In addition to his salary, Villon took in board and lodging. This is confirmed by a letter he wrote from London to his mother in 1463 asking her to send more money because he needed it to buy clothes for himself and others.
Besides living in Paris, Villon also visited many other cities during his life. In August 1462, for example, he traveled to Meaux with several other men to visit the future King Louis XIV who had just been crowned there. The trip took five days through France and Germany. In June 1465, Villon went to Caen to meet with King Charles VIII who was preparing to invade England. The king invited him to stay at his palace but Villon refused because he didn't want to inconvenience him. Instead, he stayed in a local hotel.
King Charles VII Charles VI died in 1422 in Paris and is buried in Saint Denis Basilica alongside his wife, Isabeau de Baviere. Despite his insanity, he has ruled for nearly 50 years. Charles VII, his son, finally succeeded him. Charles VII was only nine years old at the time of his father's death and was under the guardianship of his mother until he came of age four years later. During this time, she managed government affairs while planning to make her youngest son, Louis XI, king after herself. However, Louis XI refused the throne and instead made his older brother, John d'Angoulême, king as Charles VII II.
John d'Angoulême was a sickly man who spent most of his time in bed as he struggled with alcoholism and depression. He died in 1450 without children. So, Isabella of Bavaria, their aunt, became queen regnant of France again. She had been queen for several years already since the death of her first husband, the mad Charles IV.
Isabella was one of the most powerful women of her time and used her influence to promote diplomacy and trade between France and England. In addition, she helped build many churches and monasteries throughout France.
She also fought many wars during her reign. One such war was against England when her nephew Charles VII II was still alive.
He subsequently went to live in a monastery for the rest of his life. Charles V was born on February 24, 1500, in Ghent, Flanders, Habsburg Netherlands, as the oldest son of Philip the Handsome and Joanna of Castile. His father died when he was only nine years old, and he was raised by his mother in Austria. He became emperor at age eighteen after killing his nephew John Henry VIII of England and marrying him instead. Charles V ruled over Germany, Italy, and Spain during his long reign, but he was killed in a battle against Protestants in 1556.
Charles V lived most of his life in areas he controlled or influenced. For example, he built a large number of monasteries throughout Europe. He also had many churches and buildings constructed in his name such as the Charles Bridge in Prague and the University of Vienna.
Charles V's death in 1556 caused chaos because there were no clear heirs. This led to decades of wars between various countries for control of his empire. Finally, in 1648, the last Austrian emperor, Ferdinand II, was defeated by the French army under Louis XIV. The empire was then divided up among France, Spain, and Poland.
Some scholars claim that Charles V was mentally impaired since childhood. They say that he behaved like a child even though he was supposed to be an adult emperor.
Villon's whereabouts after January 1463 are unclear. Rabelais retells two anecdotes about himself that are commonly regarded as untrue. Anthony Bonner suggested that the poet was "broken in health and soul" as he departed Paris. Bonner goes on to say: "Of his later years nothing is known with any certainty." However, other historians believe that Villon survived this long period of time because he had wealth and connections that would have allowed him to support himself.
Villon died in 1556. He was only forty-one years old. According to some sources, he was imprisoned for debt in August of that year. He was released a few months later by King Louis XII of France. Villon's body was brought to Paris and buried in an unmarked grave near the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Since then, many legends have arisen around Villon's life. One story says that he served three years in prison before dying of fever while still there. Another says that he was murdered by French kings who did not want him to criticize their actions. Still another story claims that he was alive when they locked him up but that he died shortly after being released from prison.
In reality, we will never know the true details of Villon's life due to a lack of evidence.
In late 1456, Le Petit Testament, sometimes known as Le Lais, was composed. The poem acts as Villon's will, outlining bequests to friends and acquaintances. Villon created the larger work known as Le Grand Testament (1461–1462) in 1461, at the age of thirty. He died in April 1463, before its completion.
Villon was born into a poor family in Picardy in France, around 1431. His father was a notary public whose own parents were poor farmers. When François was about fourteen years old, his father died, leaving him and his mother to earn their living. Despite this hardship, François continued his education by attending lectures given by local scholars. He also learned to write poetry and play the violin.
Around 1450, François married Agnes Sorel. They had three children together: a daughter named Marie and two sons named Jean and Pierre. In order to support his family, Villon worked various jobs including serving as an apprentice to a goldsmith and a lawyer. He also copied documents for lawyers and merchants.
In October 1456, after working for several months without pay, Villon traveled to Paris where he hoped to find work as a clerk or notary public. However, since there were too many applicants for the few positions available, he was unable to secure employment.
Villon, a ne'er-do-well who was involved in illegal activity and had several confrontations with law enforcement agencies, wrote about some of these events in his poetry. 3.3. Where have all the old flakes gone? Villon was born in 1431 in Paris. According to one account, the date is April 19, 1432 [O.S. April 1, 1431]. Another source says March 18, 1431.
His father's name is not known but his mother's name is Agnès Pons de Saint-Léon. She was a dressmaker who also had several partners, including another woman named Marie Le Jars. When Villon was five years old, his parents died during a plague outbreak that ravaged France from 1433 to 1434. He was taken in by his uncle, Jean Le Jars, who married Agnès's sister Jeanne.
Jeanne gave birth to three more children after Villon. In 1453, at age 16, he married Isabelle Artaud. The couple had two children. In 1470, at age 31, he married Joan Eymery. No children were born of this marriage either.
Villon spent most of his life in Paris where he probably worked as a low-level clerk or administrator. His poems and drawings are all that remain of him today.
He started writing poems when he was young and became well-known later in his life.