Pierre Gringoire

Real Name

Pierre Gringoire






Pierre Gringoire (1475? - 1538) was a popular French poet and playwright. He was born in Normandy, at Thury-Harcourt, but the exact date and place of his death are unknown. His first work was Le Chasteau de Labour (1499), an allegorical poem. He is probably best known from Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame; the character Gringoire was inspired by and bears some resemblance to the historical Gringoire.

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Pierre Gringoire is a struggling poet. He mistakenly finds his way into the "Court of Miracles", the domain of the Truands. In order to preserve the secrecy, Gringoire must either be killed by hanging, or marry a Gypsy. Although Esméralda does not love him, and in fact believes him a coward rather than a true man — unlike Phoebus, he failed in his attempt to rescue her from Quasimodo — she takes pity on his plight and marries him. But, because she is already in love with Phoebus, much to his disappointment, she will not let him touch her.

Public Domain Appearances


  • The Hunchback of Notre-Dame


  • The Darling of Paris
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame


  • Gringoire

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