Campaign of the Month: August 2011
Le Ballet de l'Acier
Honorat de Bueil, seigneur de Racan
Chamberlain of the duc de Bellegarde, student of Malherbe
French literacy – Master
Racan (b. 1589) is the scion of a sword noble family from the Tours region. His father and uncle, soldiers in the family tradition, both died before Racan turned thirteen years old; the young man’s guardian, the duc de Bellegarde, made Racan a page to King Henri IV and later chamberlain of the duke’s household.
In 1605, Racan met the poet François de Malherbe, and the court poet took Racan as his protégé. Racan published a folio of poems in 1618 and his play Arthénice was staged at the Hôtel de Bourgogne, where it was very well received.
He is markedly unattractive physically and suffers from a pronounced stutter.