Francois Rabelais

Francois Rabelais

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  • 15th Century France
  • March 12, 1509
  • May 14, 1527
  • Francois Rabelais was born on February 4, 1494.
  • September 7, 1532
  • Rabelais joined a monestary at 15 years old, where he studied ancient Greek and Roman texts that had been ignored for centuries.
  • January 19, 1551
  • Since Rabelais had become the leading scholar in the study of ancient Greek books, and medical studies in particular, he left the monastery without permission and enrolled as a medical student in the University of Montpellier.
  • April 4, 1553
  • Rabelais published the first part of his famous comedy, Gargantua and Pantagruel, under the name Alcofribas Nasier, an anagram for his real name.
  • Rabelais is able to publish a fourth book with the help of the Cardinal de Guise.
  • Rabelais passes away, and his last words were, "I go to seek a great perhaps."
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