Le Couronnement Looys, already mentioned, Le Charroi de Nimes (12th century) in which Guillaume, who had been forgotten in the distribution of fiefs, enumerates his services to the terrified Louis, and Aliscans (r2th century), with the earlier Chanrun, are among the finest of the French epic poems. The figure of Vivien is among the most heroic elaborated by the trouveres, and the giant Rainouart has more than a touch of Rabelaisian humour.
Like him, he goes to Paris, and there meets with Panurge, the principal triumph of Rabelaisian characterdrawing, and the most original as well as puzzling figure of the book.
Paul Lacroix, the Rabelaisian legend does not so much err in principle as it invents in fact.
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