Playwright Lisa Monde Presents a Historical Drama Set in 15th Century Paris
He is best known for his "Testaments" and his "Ballade des Pendus". Born in poverty in Paris in 1431, François Villon was known to be a person of unrestricting life and even had a reckless way of living common among the wilder youth of the University of Paris. Thus, playwright and author Lisa Monde has woven a historical drama that focuses on the life of this remarkable man in her play titled "I Know All Save Myself Alone."
Set in 1452-1463 Paris, "I Know All Save Myself Alone" is a four-part play that uniquely portrays Villon's life journey and exploits. The story leads us from Villon's student years, when he used to be an assiduous scholar of Sorbonne and foster child of the senior Priest Guillaume de Villon, to the time when the poet gets involved with a bad company and is being led into the mire of thefts, burglaries, and finally - unpremeditated murder.
After the crime Villon is banished from Paris and he wanders in the precincts of the city fighting for survival, retaining his fervent mind, sharp tongue, skill of scoffing his enemies and ill-wishers in his poems. However, the prodigal son returns to Paris to find his place in this world. Being banished for the last time, he vanishes from Paris and vanishes from History.
Accompanying this play are meaningful quotations from the books of Villon's translated poetry. Interconnecting with Villon's life and poetry, this book will inspire readers while at the same time giving amusement to everyone. Readers will witness a unique representation of life in the 15th century through "I Know All Save Myself Alone."
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