|In 1462 Francois Villon killed a
man in a brawl, and was sentenced to death. In 1463 this
sentence was commuted to banishment, but while in the
Chatelet prison, Villon had written this poem, sometimes
called Epitaphe Villon, sometimes La
Ballade des Pendus. In it he gives voice to the bodies
left hanging on the gibbet, as an example to others.