Do What You Will

Francois Rabelais' celebration of the individual was summed up by the only rule that the giant Gargantua gave to the inmates of his monastery - 'Do What You Will'.

Together with his knowledge of medicine, theology and the literature of the Greeks and Romans, Rabelais was one of the cornerstones of the Renaissance.

A celebrator of life in all its excesses - laughter, sex, food, drink, he created a Rabelaisian world in his Five Books led by Pantagruel and Gargantua.

He died 450 years ago in 1553, and Julian Evans travels in search of the man through the Paris and Loire that he loved, and talks to those for whom his work is one of the great literary treasures.