Bonivard liberated by the Bernese Joseph Hornung
Souterrains FCC

François Bonivard (1493-1570), myth and history

Lausanne - Cours & formation

History classes with historian Anne Noschis, organised by Connaissance 3 University for mature students.

“The Prisoner of Chillon” is a poem written by Lord Byron in Ouchy in the summer of 1816. In it, the English writer depicts a fictional character who would go on to become an emblem of Romanticism.

But who was the real captive chained up in the Chillon Castle crypt?

He was François Bonivard: born a Savoy nobleman, later a seasoned traveller, and a graduate from the Universities of Turin and Fribourg-en-Brisgau.

Upon his return to the country, he became a prior in a monastery just outside Geneva. A violent conflict with the Duke of Savoy led to him being hunted down and imprisoned twice in extraordinary conditions.

Learn all about the life of a clergyman at the height of the Romantic Movement.

Tuesday 7, 14, 21, 28 November 2017

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Lausanne | Connaissance 3 room, Espace Riponne (1st floor),
Place de la Riponne 5

125 CHF (150 CHF non-members)
for 4 sessions, course materials included

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