Anatole France (Anatole Thibault) (1844-1924)
Anatole France was born at Paris in 1844 and lived there most of his life. He was par excellence a man of letters. For over forty years he has written about Paris, the ancient world and the Middle Ages, en¬dowing each novel or story with the philosophy of enlightened scep¬ticism which is his contribution to modern thought.
Among the several volumes of stories he has written, L`Etui de nacre includes some of his very best. From this is taken Our Lady’s Juggler, which is a retelling of one of the most beautiful of the French mediaeval tales.
The present’ version is translated for this collection by Barrett H. Clark, by permission of Anatole France`s English publishers, John Lane, Ltd., the Bodley Head.
Our Lady`s Juggler
In the days of King Louis there lived a poor juggler by the name of Barnabas, a native of Compiegne, who wandered from city to city performing trick