Too many legends to tell of today, but one essential one is that of Gargantua. That was a popular oral legend already, but in the 1530's, François Rabelais took it as the basis for the first serious writing in a vernacular language. Before Shakespeare and before Cervantes, Rabelais wrote books in a mondern language, not Latin. Shakespeare invented English, Cervantes invented Spanish, and before either, Rabelais invented French.
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Date: 6/18/09 10:14 AM