CAPPEAU, Placide. b. Roquemaure, Gard, France, 25 October 1808; d. Roquemaure, 8 August 1877. Cappeau was the son of a cooper and wine seller. He was destined to follow in his father’s trade, but he lost a hand in a childhood accident. He studied at Nimes and Paris, and became a lawyer, but gave up the law to become a wine merchant in his native town. The catalogue of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris records several publications relating to his business, but he also had a strong interest in Provençal literature and local history. He published Lou Rèi de la Favo. Le Roi de la Fève. Fantaisie poétique, provençal-français (1865), Le Chateau de Roquemaure: poème historique en vingt chants...
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