Villon was a medieval poet in mid-15th century Paris, leading a life of crime and débauchery, despite being a scholar. Teulé's book is a novel but a well-informed one : Indeed, the numerous gaps in Villon's known biography allows for a good deal of invention.
On the whole, this was interesting, an easy read, and written in a much punchier style than Teulé's novel about Paul Verlaine. The incorporated and explicated poems add depth and authenticity.
The one thing that bothered me was what I perceived to be a certain inconsistency to the character; he makes choices I felt were irrational, and which remained unexplained by the text.