VII. 2. traictisses, delicate.

VIII. 8. peaussues, skinny.

IX. 8. grivelées, speckled.

X. 3. à crouppetons, squatting. 4. pelotes, faggots. 5. chenevotes, strips of hemp.

31. Grant Testament, xxxviii-xli. II. 5. rebrassez, retroussés. 7. bourrelez, part of the high coiffure worn by ladies.

32. Dames du Temps jadis. I. 2. Flora, Roman courtesan, v. Juvenal, ii. 9. 3. Archipiada, Arcippe? Thaïs, Egyptian courtesan who became a saint.

II. 4. essoyne, penalty. 5. la royne, the Queen Dowager of Burgundy, who lived in the Tour de Nesle. This is the first reference in mediaeval literature to her strange tradition. In 1471 a graduate of Leipzig wrote a pamphlet entitled Commentariolus historicus de adolescentibus Parisiensibus, per Buridanum, natione Picardum, ab illicitis cuiusdam reginae Franciae amoribus retractis. Robert Gaguin, in his Compendium de Francorum gestis, a work written in the latter half of the fifteenth century, says that Buridan, when a scholar in Paris, escaped from the assassins hired to murder him by a Queen of France.

III. I. La royne Blanche. Possibly Blanche of Castille, mother of St. Louis. 2. seraine, siren. 3. Berte au grant pié, legendary mother of Charlemagne. One of the Carlovingian epic cycles is devoted to her. Allis: perhaps Aelis, one of the characters of the Chansons de geste (Aliscans, geste de Guillaume d'Orange); wife, according to the troubadours, of Rainouard au Tinel. 4. Haremburgis, heiress of Maine. Married Foulques V, count of Anjou, in 1110; died in 1126.

33. Double Ballade. Pour ce, aimez ... I. 7. lunetes, slang for `eyes.'

III. I. Sardana, Sardanapalus. 3. moullier, woman.

IV. 5. sornetes, jests, lies.

V. 2. ru, stream. 4. mascher ces groselles, `chew such sour gooseberries.' 7. mitaines à ces nopces telles. When a marriage ceremony was ended, the guests flicked each other with their mittens, saying, `Des noces vous souviengne!' Cf. the bad old custom of boxing the ears of children when a royal procession passes.

VI. 4. chevaucheur d'escouvetes, a rider of broomsticks, a wizard.

34. Ballade des Femmes de Paris. II. I. tiennent chayeres, are professors. 3. caquetieres, babblers.

35. Grant Testament, lxxiv-lxxix. III. 4. fain, hunger. 5. or luy soit, etc., `let my body be given to her (the Earth) immediately.' a grand oirre or eirre, by the best possible road. The phrase is used by La Fontaine. erre, Lat. iter.

IV. 4. maillon, swaddling-clothes. 5. Degeté m'a, `has pulled me out of many a hole.' 8. Qu'il n'en laisse ... `that he will not be altogether unhappy for that reason.'

V. 2. le Rommant du Pet au Deable. The Pet au Deable was a large stone at the door of a certain Mlle de Bruyères, whose hôtel was in the University quarter. The students took away the stone in 1451, and every one quarrelled about it. Le Rommant was an account, now lost, written by Villon of this affair. 3. Guy Tabarie, one of Villon's disreputable friends. Made himself useful in a burglary at the College of Navarre, Christmas, 1456. Caught and imprisoned in the Châtelet, 1458; was subjected to the question ordinaire and extraordinaire, confessed everything and was doubtless hanged (v. OEuvres complètes de F. Villon, publiées par A. Longnon; pièces justificatives, p. lxv). 4. Grossa, copied out.

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