Labe, Louisealso known as Charly (b. c. 1524, Lyon, Fr.--d. 1566, Parcieux-en-Dombes)
French poet who was a member of the 16th-century Lyon school of humanist poets dominated by Maurice Sceve. Her wit, charm, and accomplishments and the freedom she enjoyed provoked unverifiable legends, such as those claiming that she rode to war and was a cultured courtesan.
In 1555 Labe published a book of love sonnets that were emotionally intense and stylistically simple. The same volume also contained a prose dialogue, Debat de Folie et d'Amour ("Debate Between Madness and Love"), in which was vindicated the "ancient league" between Madness and Love.