CLAUDE FROLLO was indeed not one of the common herd.
He belonged to one of those families of middle rank which, in the impertinent language of the last century, were called indifferently upper bourgeoisie or minor nobility. This family had inherited from the brothers Paclet the fief of Tirechappe, which came under the Bishop of Paris, and whose twenty-one houses had in the thirteenth century been the object of so many pleadings before the official. As possessor of this fief Claude Frollo was one of the 'seven score and one' lords claiming feudal dues in Paris and its suburbs, and his name could for a long time be seen inscribed in that capacity between the Hôtel de Tancarville, belonging to Maître François le Rez, and the Collège de Tours, in the cartulary deposited at Saint-Martindes-Champs.
Claude Frollo had been destined by his parents since childhood for the Church. He had learned to read in Latin. He had been brought up to keep his eyes downcast and his voice low. While he was still only a child, his father had cloistered him in the Collège de Torchi⋆ in the University. There he had grown up on the missal and the Lexicon.
He was besides a cheerless, solemn, serious boy, who studied with fervour and learned quickly. He did not make a lot of noise during recreation, took little part in the revelries of the rue du Fouarre, did not know what it was to dare alapas et capillos laniare [to hit people and tear out their hair] and played no part in the mutiny of 1463 which the annalists gravely record under the heading: 'Sixth Disturbance at the University'. He seldom jeered at the poor scholars of Montaigu for the skimpy capes, capettes, for which they were nicknamed, or the scholarship boys of the Collège de Dormans for their shaven heads, and their