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Guy du Faur de Pibrac

(c. 1529—1584)


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(c. 1529–1584). Born in Toulouse of a well-established family, Pibrac studied law in Toulouse and after several skirmishes with the authorities became established in Paris. As chancellor for Henri, duc d'Anjou, in Poland, he defended the kings's claim to the throne. His royal enthusiasm was already visible in his Apologie de la Saint-Barthélemy (1573). Later he was appointed chancellor to Marguerite de Valois, but retired an embittered man. Praised for his ‘docte parler’, Pibrac was renowned for his oratory. His moral precepts or Quatrains (from 1574), long a standard school-text, are austere in format but embody a popular wisdom which is not superhuman in its demands.

From The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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