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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