“With all my heart exalt you
Lord, and if I tell
All your wonderful works.
Which are worthy of great wonders. ”
Marot is one of those stars of his time who have been completely forgotten. It is a pity: one can find in his works poems of a rare depth.
Clément Marot was born in Cahors in 1496. Trained by a father who was himself a poet – and also relatively well known – in poetry and rhetoric, he entered the service of the lord of Villeroy and then of Marguerite d’Angoulême, sister of François I and future queen of Navarre. He succeeded his father in the service of King François I and frequented humanist circles and evangelical circles. His sympathies for the Reformation and his great freedom of spirit got him into trouble. In 1529, he was accused of heresy and put in prison. He was freed by the intervention of Francis I and became the court’s official poet. It is at this time that he writes the essential of the Adolescence Clémentine.
Volume I of the Kyamites edition reproduces – in our prestige edition with a hardcover – the edition of Geoffroy Tory of 1538, produced in the author’s time, leaving in volumes II and III the poems that the author had censored during his life, which are found in the edition of Clement Rouille of 1538. The introduction of volume I presents in particular a complete life of Clément Marot by Albert Pauphilet, reworked by the editor for better readability.
Only available in French.