The Hunchback of Notre-Dame: Novel Summary: Book V Analysis

This brief section accomplishes two important points in the novel. First, it reveals the source of Claude Frollos secular power, namely his relationship with the Kings Attorney who comes to learn from him and, in return, Frollo realizes a certain amount of power at Court. This secular power belies Frollos own inconsistent faith. This observation leads to the sections second point, namely the manner in which easily disseminated knowledge, thanks to the printing press, undermined the centuries old control of learning and ideas and supplanted the need for great works like churches to convey the spirit of an age.