Bastille

Bastille (lit. the Building), a State prison in Paris, built originally as a fortress of defence to the city, by order of Charles V., between 1369 and 1382, but used as a place of imprisonment from the first; a square structure, with towers and dungeons for the incarceration of the prisoners, the whole surrounded by a moat, and accessible only by drawbridges; “tyranny's stronghold”; attacked by a mob on 14th July 1789; taken chiefly by noise; overturned, as “the city of Jericho, by miraculous sound”; demolished, and the key of it sent to Washington; the taking of it was the first event in the Revolution. See Carlyle'sFrench Revolution” for the description of the fall of it.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Bastide, Jules * Basutoland
Bassano
Bassano, Duc de
Bassano, Jacopo da Ponte
Bassompierre, François de
Bassorah
Basti`a
Bastian, Adolf
Bastian, Dr. H. C.
Bastiat, Frédéric
Bastide, Jules
Bastille
Basutoland
Basutos
Batangas
Batavia
Bates, Henry Walter
Bath
Bath, Major
Bath, Order of the
Bathgate
Bathilda, St.

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Bastille in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

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Beys, Charles
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