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Chillon'

Prisoner of Chillon. Francois de Bonnivard, of Lunes. Lord Byron makes him one of six brothers, all of whom suffered as martyrs. The father and two sons died on the battle-field; one was burnt at the stake; three were incarcerated in the dungeon of Chillon, near the lake of Geneva- of these, two died, and Francois was set at liberty by “the Bearnais.” Byron says that Bonnivard has left traces of his footsteps in the pavement of the dungeon. He was put in prison for “republican principles” by the Duke-Bishop of Savoy. (1496-1570.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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