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Labé, Louise


(1524 - 1566)
Born in Lyon from a family of Italian origin, she kept the surname Labé. Educated in the Renaissance manner, she was also a skilled rider, reputed to have fought, disguised as a knight, at the siege of Perpignan.
She was an active member of the so-called Lyons school of poets headed by Maurice Scève. Labé's elegies and sonnets, in Oeuvres (1555), are love poems notable for their passion and honesty, including Débat de Folie et d'Amour, amongst the finest in the French language.
In 1550 she married a rich ropemaker from Lyon (Ennemond Perrin, d.1565), hence she was nicknamed "La Belle Cordière", and brought together a brilliant intellectual social group to meet in their town house.
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