François Rabelais Biography
(French Renaissance Writer and Physician Known for His Work ‘Gargantua and Pantagruel’)
Born In: Chinon, France
Francois Rabelais was a 16th-century French writer, scholar, physician, and literary figure, who gave the French language its nobility. He is remembered for his prodigious gift of verbal invention, as illustrated in his timeless parodic novels ‘Gargantua’ and ‘Pantagruel.’ A wandering monk and physician under the patronage of the powerful Du Bellay family, he was a contemporary of Francois I, the first monarch of the French Renaissance. He lived through the early tensions of the widespread rebellion and reformation against the Church and the clergy. Rabelais was an exceptional scholar of the Greek language and a humanist writer who sparked universal curiosity with his never-seen-before bawdy humor and satire. The first of the great authors of Europe, his genius dominated the Renaissance period along with stalwarts such as Montaigne. So profound is his literary legacy that the term “Rabelaisian” is used even to this day, as a descriptive for a particular style and a particular genre of fiction.