François Bonivard

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Bonivard, François


Born February 1493; died toward the end of 1570. Swiss political figure; humanist. From a noble Savoy family.

In 1514, Bonivard became prior of the St. Victor Abbey near Geneva. He took part in the struggle of the townspeople of Geneva against the Savoy duke Charles III, for which he was imprisoned in the underground dungeon of Chillon in 1530. (Bonivard is the prototype of Byron’s “The Prisoner of Chillón.”) In March 1536, Bonivard was liberated by the insurgents of Bern.

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The history of Bonivard had evidently, as they say, gone into one ear and out of the other.
It features revived walls and towers and the prison in which Bonivard was held in chains for four years.
Francois Bonivard (1496-1570) was a celebrated Swiss patriot whose
If Jones is to be associated with Bonivard through literary
Lord Byron wrote the poem The Prisoner Of Chillon (1816) about Franois de Bonivard, a Genevois monk and politician who was imprisoned there from 1530 to 1536.
dungeon they found Francois de Bonivard, a lay prior who had been chained to one of the pillars for trying to introduce the Reformation.
Medieval excesses become apparent when you drop down into the castle dungeon of Francois de Bonivard, a lay prior who was arrested and chained to one of the pillars for trying to introduce the Reformation.
Captured by the Duke's men in 1530, Bonivard was incarcerated in the Chateau de Chillon in a relatively comfortable room overlooking Lake Geneva and the snow-covered mountains of Savoy.
Byron's Bonivard has lost "the goodly earth and air"; Zukovskij's Bonivard is "lisennyj sladostnogo dnja.
Stanza 4 is devoted to a description of the youngest of the Bonivard brothers.
In stanza 6 Byron's Bonivard is almost pedantic in his precise documentation of the depth of Lake Geneva (Lake Leman), while Zukovskij's narrator briskly disposes of the matter before proceeding to the description of the dungeon itself:
At the foot of the Tour de l'Ile is a bronze statue by Ampellio Regazzoni of Huguenot leader Philibert Berthelier, who was decapitated there in 1519 for his collaboration with Besancon Hugues and Francois Bonivard, the latter immortalised by Byron in his narrative poem, "The Prisoner of Chillon.