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This website is an analysis — reductio ad absurdum — of the final section in the The Third Book of the Heroic Deeds and Sayings of the Good Pantagruel by François Rabelais, doctor in medicine. The final four chapters of The Third Book are devoted to a plant called Pantagruelion.

The Third Book was published in Paris in 1546 with royal privilege, but was condemned by the theologians of the Sorbonne, as were Pantagruel in 1532 and Gargantua in 1533. Rabelais briefly fled to Metz, then a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire.

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