Joachim du Bellay (1525-1560) was born in Lire, a small town in
Anjou, orphaned at the age of seven, and raised by an older
brother. After studying law at the University of Blois, then
attending the College of Coqueret in Paris, du Bellay accompanied
Cardinal Jean du Bellay, his father's cousin, to Rome, where he
composed the poems that make up The Regrets.