This book, like the other, has a war in its latter part; Gargantua scarcely appears in it and Friar John not at all.
The fabliaux, the early burlesque romances of the Audigier class, the farces of the t5th century, equal (the grotesque iteration and amplification which is the note of Gargantua and Pantagruel being allowed for, and sometimes without that allowance) the coarsest passages of Rabelais.
(Gargantua), and many other proofs show the order of publication clearly enough.
The first is connected with the great blemish of Gargantua and Pantagruel - their extreme coarseness of language and imagery.
What does, however, seem probable is that the first book of Pantagruel (the second of the whole work) was composed with a definite view to this chap book and not to the existing first book of Gargantua, which was written afterwards, when Rabelais discovered the popularity of his work and felt that it ought to have some worthier starting-point than the Grandes chroniques.