Pierre-Henry WILTHIEN, my husband, was born in Venaco on September 6, 1941, and died in Paris on October 25, 2016.
A Corsican, a mathematician and a professor at university, he was very involved in the fight to reduce inequalities, both in his volunteer work and in his research in mathematics.
I never got bored with him, throughout our thirty-seven years of life together.
Tribute to Jean-Marie Gustave LE CLÉZIO (1940- ), a French writer who was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature as “an author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization”.
“The Ballade des Pendus” (Ballad of the Hanged), by François Villon
In memory of the poem “The Ballade des Pendus” by the very tumultuous François VILLON, who was often involved in robberies and other criminal activities.
A French poet born in Paris in 1432, François VILLON wrote the poem in prison while he awaited his execution because of a scufle involving a priest who died of his wounds. He disappeared from view in 1463 after he was finally sentenced to be banished for ten years.
“Human brothers who live after us, Do not have (your) hearts hardened against us, For, if you take pity on us poor (fellows), God will sooner have mercy on you. You see us tied here, five, six: As for the flesh, that we nurtured too much, It is already long-time  consumed, and rotting, And we, the bones, become ashes and powder. Of our pain let no one make fun, But pray God that he wills to absolve us all!
If we call you brothers, you must not Have scorn for it, although we were killed By justice. Nevertheless, you know That all men do not have staid common sense. Forgive us, since we are shivering, Toward the son of the Virgin Mary, That his grace may not run dry for us, Preserving us from the infernal wrath. We are dead, let no soul harry us, But pray God that he wills to absolve us all!
Rain has unsmirched and washed us And the sun has dried and blackened us; Magpies and crows have carved out our eyes, And torn off our beards and eyebrows. We never sit for a moment; Now here, then there, as the wind changes, at its pleasure, without cease (it) tosses us, More pecked by birds than thimbles. Do not then be of our brotherhood, But pray God that he wills to absolve us all!
Prince Jesus, who has command of all, Prevent Hell from having lordship over us: With him, we have nothing to perform nor to trade. Men, there is no mockery here, But pray God that he wills to absolve us all.”
Simonetta CATTANEO was born in Italy on 30 March 1453 in a noble family related to Doge of Genoa. Her marriage in Florence with Marco VESPUCCI connected her to the Medici family, and in particular to Giuliano, Lorenzo’s brother, who later became her lover.Her beauty was so extraordinary that the Florentines called her “The Unparalleled One”. Simonetta VESPUCCI was the model for several Italian Renaissance painters, particularly Sandro BOTTICELLI (1445 – 1510), notably for “The Birth of Venus”. She died of tuberculosis, aged 23 years, on 26 April 1476 in Florence. Her death was mourned by the entire city.