THE NUTTALL ENCYCLOPAEDIA
BAADER, FRANZ XAVIER VON, a German philosopher, born at Muenich; was patronised by the king of Bavaria, and
became professor in Muenich, who, revolting alike from the materialism of Hume, which he studied in England, and
the transcendentalism of Kant, with its self-sufficiency of the reason, fell back upon the mysticism of Jacob
Boehme, and taught in 16 vols. what might rather be called a theosophy than a philosophy, which regarded God in
Himself, and God even in life, as incomprehensible realities. He, however, identified himself with the liberal
movement in politics, and offended the king (1765-1841).
BA`AL (meaning Lord), _PL_. BAALIM, the principal male divinity of the Canaanites and Phoenicians, identified
with the sun as the great quickening and life-sustaining power in nature, the god who presided over the labours of
the husbandman and granted the increase; his crowning attribute, strength; worshipped on hill-tops with sacrifices,
incense, and dancing. Baal-worship, being that of the Canaanites, was for a time mixed up with the worship of
Jehovah in Israel, and at one time threatened to swamp it, but under the zealous preaching of the prophets it was
eventually stamped out.
BAAL`BEK (i. e. City of Baal, or the Sun), an ancient city of Syria, 35 m. NW. of Damascus; called by the
Greeks, Heliopolis; once a place of great size, wealth, and splendour; now in ruins, the most conspicuous of which
is the Great Temple to Baal, one of the most magnificent ruins of the East, covering an area of four acres.
BAALISM, the name given to the worship of natural causes, tending to the obscuration and denial of the worship
of God as Spirit.
BABA, ALI, the character in the "Arabian Nights" who discovers and enters the den of the Forty Thieves by the
magic password "SESAME" (q. v.), a word which he accidentally overheard.
BABA, CAPE, in Asia Minor, the most western point in Asia, in Anatolia, with a town of the name.
BABBAGE, CHARLES, a mathematician, born in Devonshire; studied at Cambridge, and professor there; spent much
time and money over the invention of a calculating machine; wrote on "The Economy of Manufactures and Machinery,"
and an autobiography entitled "Passages from the Life of a Philosopher"; in his later years was famous for his
hostility to street organ-grinders (1791-1871).
BABBINGTON, ANTONY, an English Catholic gentleman; conspired against Elizabeth on behalf of Mary, Queen of
Scots, confessed his guilt, and was executed at Tyburn in 1586.
BAB-EL-MANDEB (i. e. the Gate of Tears), a strait between Asia and Africa forming the entrance to the Red Sea,
so called from the strong currents which rush through it, and often cause wreckage to vessels attempting to pass
BABER, the founder of the Mogul empire in Hindustan, a descendant of Tamerlane; thrice invaded India, and became
at length master of it in 1526; left memoirs; his dynasty lasted for three centuries.
BABES IN THE WOOD, Irish banditti who infested the Wicklow Mountains in the 18th century, and were guilty of the
greatest atrocities. See CHILDREN.
BABIS, a modern Persian sect founded in 1843, their doctrines a mixture of pantheistic with Gnostic and Buddhist
beliefs; adverse to polygamy, concubinage, and divorce; insisted on the emancipation of women; have suffered from
persecution, but are increasing in numbers.
BABOEUF, FRANCOIS NOEL, a violent revolutionary in France, self-styled Gracchus; headed an insurrection against
the Directory, "which died in the birth, stifled by the soldiery"; convicted of conspiracy, was guillotined, after
attempting to commit suicide (1764-1797).
BABOO, or BABU, name applied to a native Hindu gentleman who has some knowledge of English.
BABOON, LEWIS, the name Arbuthnot gives to Louis XIV. in his "History of John Bull."
BA`BRIUS, or GABRIUS, a Greek poet of uncertain date; turned the fables of AEsop and of others into verse, with
BABY-FARMING, a system of nursing new-born infants whose parents may wish them out of sight.
BABYLON, the capital city of Babylonia, one of the richest and most magnificent cities of the East, the gigantic
walls and hanging gardens of which were classed among the seven wonders of the world; was taken, according to
tradition, by Cyrus in 538 B.C., by diverting out of their channel the waters of the Euphrates, which flowed
through it and by Darius in 519 B.C., through the self-sacrifice of Zophyrus. The name was often metaphorically
applied to Rome by the early Christians, and is to-day to great centres of population, such as London, where the
overcrowding, the accumulation of material wealth, and the so-called refinements of civilisation, are conceived to
have a corrupting effect on the religion and morals of the inhabitants.
BABYLO`NIA, the name given by the Greeks to that country called in the Old Testament, Shinar, Babel, and "the
land of the Chaldees"; it occupied the rich, fertile plain through which the lower waters of the Euphrates and the
Tigris flow, now the Turkish province of Irak-Arabi or Bagdad. From very early times it was the seat of a highly
developed civilisation introduced by the Sumero-Accadians, who descended on the plain from the mountains in the NW.
Semitic tribes subsequently settled among the Accadians and impressed their characteristics on the language and
institutions of the country. The 8th century B.C. was marked by a fierce struggle with the northern empire of
Assyria, in which Babylonia eventually succumbed and became an Assyrian province. But Nabopolassar in 625 B.C.
asserted his independence, and under his son Nebuchadnezzar, Babylonia rose to the zenith of its power. Judah was
captive in the country from 599 to 538 B.C. In that year Cyrus conquered it for Persia, and its history became
merged in that of Persia.
BABYLONISH CAPTIVITY, the name given to the deportation of Jews from Judea to Babylon after the capture of
Jerusalem by the king of Babylon, and which continued for 70 years, till they were allowed to return to their own
land by Cyrus, who had conquered Babylon; those who returned were solely of the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and
BACCHANALIA, a festival, originally of a loose and riotous character, in honour of Bacchus.
BACCHANTES, those who took part in the festival of Bacchus, confined originally to women, and were called by a
number of names, such as Maenads, Thyads, &c.; they wore their hair dishevelled and thrown back, and had loose
BAC`CHUS, son of Zeus and Semele, the god of the vine, and promoter of its culture as well as the civilisation
which accompanied it; represented as riding in a car drawn by tame tigers, and carrying a THYRSUS (q. v.); he
rendered signal service to Zeus in the war of the gods with the GIANTS (q. v.). See DIONYSUS.
BACCHYL`IDES, a Greek lyric poet, 5th century B.C., nephew of Simonides and uncle of Eschylus, a rival of
Pindar; only a few fragments of his poems extant.
BACCIO DELLA PORTO. See BARTOLOMEO, FRA.
BACCIO`CHI, a Corsican officer, who married Maria Bonaparte, and was created by Napoleon Prince of Lucca
BACH, JOHANN SEBASTIAN, one of the greatest of musical composers, born in Eisenach, of a family of Hungarian
origin, noted--sixty of them--for musical genius; was in succession a chorister, an organist, a director of
concerts, and finally director of music at the School of St. Thomas, Leipzig; his works, from their originality and
scientific rigour, difficult of execution (1685-1750).
BACHE, A. DALLAS, an American physicist, born at Philadelphia, superintended the coast survey (1806-1867).
BACHELOR, a name given to one who has achieved the first grade in any discipline.
BACIL`LUS (lit. a little rod), a bacterium, distinguished as being twice as long as it is broad, others being
more or less rounded. See BACTERIA.
BACK, SIR GEORGE, a devoted Arctic explorer, born at Stockport, entered the navy, was a French captive for five
years, associated with Franklin in three polar expeditions, went in search of Sir John Ross, discovered instead and
traced the Great Fish River in 1839, was knighted in 1837, and in 1857 made admiral (1796-1878).
BACKHUY`SEN, LUDOLPH, a Dutch painter, famous for his sea-pieces and skill in depicting sea-waves; was an etcher
as well as painter (1631-1708).
BACON, DELIA, an American authoress, who first broached, though she did not originate, the theory of the
Baconian authorship of Shakespeare's works, a theory in favour of which she has received small support
BACON, FRANCIS, LORD VERULAM, the father of the inductive method of scientific inquiry; born in the Strand,
London; son of Sir Nicholas Bacon; educated at Cambridge; called to the bar when 21, after study at Gray's Inn;
represented successively Taunton, Liverpool, and Ipswich in Parliament; was a favourite with the queen; attached
himself to Essex, but witnessed against him at his trial, which served him little; became at last in succession
Attorney-General, Privy Councillor, Lord Keeper, and Lord Chancellor; was convicted of venality as a judge,
deposed, fined and imprisoned, but pardoned and released; spent his retirement in his favourite studies; his great
works were his "Advancement of Learning," "Novum Organum," and "De Augmentis Scientiarum," but is seen to best
advantage by the generality in his "Essays," which are full of practical wisdom and keen observation of life;
indeed, these show such shrewdness of wit as to embolden some (see _SUPRA_) to maintain that the plays named of
Shakespeare were written by him (1561-1626).
BACON, ROGER, a Franciscan monk, born at Ilchester, Somerset; a fearless truth-seeker of great scientific
attainments; accused of magic, convicted and condemned to imprisonment, from which he was released only to die;
suggested several scientific inventions, such as the telescope, the air-pump, the diving-bell, the camera obscura,
and gunpowder, and wrote some eighty treatises (1214-1294).
BACON, SIR NICHOLAS, the father of Francis, Lord Bacon, Privy Councillor and Keeper of the Great Seal under
Queen Elizabeth; a prudent and honourable man and minister, and much honoured and trusted by the queen
BACSANYI, JANOS, a Hungarian poet; he suffered from his liberal political opinions, like many of his countrymen
BACTE`RIA, exceedingly minute organisms of the simplest structure, being merely cells of varied forms, in the
shape of spheres, rods, or intermediate shapes, which develop in infusions of organic matter, and multiply by
fission with great rapidity, fraught, as happens, with life or death to the higher forms of being; conspicuous by
the part they play in the process of fermentation and in the origin and progress of disease, and to the knowledge
of which, and the purpose they serve in nature, so much has been contributed by the labours of M. Pasteur.
BAC`TRIA, a province of ancient Persia, now BALKH (q. v.), the presumed fatherland of the Aryans and the
birthplace of the Zoroastrian religion.
BACTRIAN SAGE, a name given to Zoroaster as a native of Bactria.
BACUP (23), a manufacturing town in Lancashire, about 20 m. NE. of Manchester.
BADAJOZ` (28), capital of a Spanish province of the name, on the Guadiana, near the frontier of Portugal; a
place of great strength; surrendered to Soult in 1811, and taken after a violent and bloody struggle by Wellington
in 1812; the scene of fearful outrages after its capture.
BADAKANS, a Dravidian people of small stature, living on the Nilghiri Mountains, in S. India.
BADAKHSHAN` (100), a Mohammedan territory NE. of Afghanistan, a picturesque hill country, rich in minerals; it
is 200 m. from E. to W. and 150 from N. to S.; it has been often visited by travellers, from Marco Polo onwards;
the inhabitants, called Badakhshans, are of the Aryan family and speak Persian.
BADALO`NA (15), a seaport 5 m. NE. of Barcelona.
BA`DEN (4), a town in the canton of Aargau, Switzerland, 14 m. NW. of Zurich, long a fashionable resort for its
mineral springs; also a town near Vienna.
BAD`EN, THE GRAND-DUCHY OF (1,725), a German duchy, extends along the left bank of the Rhine from Constance to
Mannheim; consists of valley, mountain, and plain; includes the Black Forest; is rich in timber, minerals, and
mineral springs; cotton fabrics, wood-carving, and jewellery employ a great proportion of the inhabitants; there
are two university seats, Heidelberg and Freiburg.
BADEN-BADEN (13), a town in the duchy of Baden, 18 m. from Carlsruhe and 22 from Strassburg, noted for its hot
mineral springs, which were known to the Romans, and is a popular summer resort.
BAD`ENOCH, a forest-covered district of the Highlands of Scotland, 45 m. long by 19 broad, traversed by the
Spey, in the SE. of Inverness-shire; belonged originally to the Comyns, but was forfeited by them, was bestowed by
Bruce on his nephew; became finally the property of the Earl of Huntly.
BADI`A-Y-LABLICH, a Spaniard, born at Barcelona; travelled in the East; having acquired a knowledge of Arabic
and Arab customs, disguised himself as a Mohammedan under the name of Ali-Bei; his disguise was so complete that he
passed for a Mussulman, even in Mecca itself; is believed to be the first Christian admitted to the shrine of
Mecca; after a time settled in Paris, and wrote an account of his travels (1766-1818).
BADRINATH, a shrine of Vishnu, in N.W. India, 10,000 ft. high; much frequented by pilgrims for the sacred waters
near it, which are believed to be potent to cleanse from all pollution.
BAEDEKER, KARL, a German printer in Coblenz, famed for the guide-books to almost every country of Europe that he
BAER, KARL ERNST VON, a native of Esthonia; professor of zoology, first in Koenigsberg and then in St.
Petersburg; the greatest of modern embryologists, styled the "father of comparative embryology"; the discoverer of
the law, known by his name, that the embryo when developing resembles those of successively higher types
BAFFIN, WILLIAM, an early English Arctic explorer, who, when acting as pilot to an expedition in quest of the
N.W. Passage, discovered Baffin Bay (1584-1622).
BAFFIN BAY, a strait stretching northward between N. America and Greenland, open four months in summer to whale
and seal fishing; discovered in 1615 by William Baffin.
BAGDAD (185), on the Tigris, 500 m. from its mouth, and connected with the Euphrates by canal; is the capital of
a province, and one of the most flourishing cities of Asiatic Turkey; dates, wool, grain, and horses are exported;
red and yellow leather, cotton, and silk are manufactured; and the transit trade, though less than formerly, is
still considerable. It is a station on the Anglo-Indian telegraph route, and is served by a British-owned fleet of
river steamers plying to Basra. Formerly a centre of Arabic culture, it has belonged to Turkey since 1638. An
imposing city to look at, it suffers from visitations of cholera and famine.
BAGEHOT, WALTER, an English political economist, born in Somerset, a banker by profession, and an authority on
banking and finance; a disciple of Ricardo; wrote, besides other publications, an important work, "The English
Constitution"; was editor of the _Economist_; wrote in a vigorous style (1826-1877).
BAGGE`SEN, JENS EMMANUEL, a Danish poet, travelled a good deal, wrote mostly in German, in which he was quite at
home; his chief works, a pastoral epic, "Parthenais oder die Alpenreise," and a mock epic, "Adam and Eve"; his
minor pieces are numerous and popular, though from his egotism and irritability he was personally unpopular
BAGHELKAND, name of five native states in Central India, Rewah the most prosperous.
BAGHE`RIA, a town in Sicily, 8 m. from Palermo, where citizens of the latter have more or less stylish
BAGIR`MI, a Mohammedan kingdom in Central Africa, SE. of Lake Tehad, 240 m. from N. to S. and 150 m. from E. to
BAGLIO`NI, an Italian fresco-painter of note (1573-1641).
BAGLI`VI, GIORGIO, an illustrious Italian physician, wrote "De Fibra Motrice" in defence of the "solidist"
theory, as it is called, which traced all diseases to alterations in the solid parts of the body (1667-1706).
BAGNERES, two French towns on the Pyrenees, well-known watering-places.
BAGNES, name given to convict prisons in France since the abolition of the galleys.
BAGRA`TION, PRINCE, Russian general, distinguished in many engagements; commanded the vanguard at Austerlitz,
Eylau, and Friedland, and in 1812, against Napoleon; achieved a brilliant success at Smolensk; fell at Borodino
BAGSTOCK, JOE, a "self-absorbed" talking character in "Dombey & Son."
BAHA`MAS, THE (47), a group of over 500 low, flat coral islands in the W. Indies, and thousands of rocks,
belonging to Britain, of which 20 are inhabited, and on one of which Columbus landed when he discovered America;
yield tropical fruits, sponges, turtle, &c.; Nassau the capital.
BAHAR (263), a town on the Ganges, 34 m. SE. of Patna; after falling into decay, is again rising in
BAHAWALPUR (650), a feudatory state in the NW. of India, with a capital of the name; is connected
administratively with the Punjab.
BAHI`A, or San Salvador (200), a fine city, one of the chief seaports of Brazil, in the Bay of All Saints, and
originally the capital in a province of the name stretching along the middle of the coast.
BAHR, an Arabic word meaning "river," prefixed to the name of many places occupied by Arabs.
BAeHR, FELIX, classical scholar, burn at Darmstadt; wrote a "History of Roman Literature," in high repute
BAHREIN` ISLANDS (70), a group of islands in the Persian Gulf, under the protection of Britain, belonging to
Muscat, the largest 27 m. long and 10 broad, cap. Manamah (20); long famous for their pearl-fisheries, the richest
in the world.
BAHR-EL-GHAZAL, an old Egyptian prov. including the district watered by the tributaries of the Bahr-el-Arab and
the Bahr-el-Ghazal; it was wrested from Egypt by the Mahdi, 1884; a district of French Congo lies W. of it, and it
was through it Marchand made his way to Fashoda.
BAIAE, a small town near Naples, now in ruins and nearly all submerged; famous as a resort of the old Roman
nobility, for its climate and its baths.
BAIF, a French poet one of a group of seven known in French literature as the "Pleiade," whose aim was to
accommodate the French language and literature to the models of Greek and Latin.
BAIKAL, a clear fresh-water lake, in S. of Siberia, 397 m. long and from 13 to 54 wide, in some parts 4500 ft.
deep, and at its surface 1560 ft. above the sea-level, the third largest in Asia; on which sledges ply for six or
eight months in winter, and steamboats in summer; it abounds in fish, especially sturgeon and salmon; it contains
several islands, the largest Olkhin, 32 m. by 10 m.
BAIKIE, W. BALFOUR, an Orcadian, born at Kirkwall, surgeon in the Royal Navy; was attached to the Niger
Expedition in 1854, and ultimately commanded it, opening the region up and letting light in upon it at the
sacrifice of his life; died at Sierra Leone (1825-1864).
BAILEY, NATHAN, an early English lexicographer, whose dictionary, very popular in its day, was the basis of
Johnson's; _d_. 1742.
BAILEY, PHILIP JAMES, English poet, born in Nottingham; author of "Festus," a work that on its appearance in
1839 was received with enthusiasm, passed through 11 editions in England and 30 in America, was succeeded by "The
Angel World," "The Mystic," "The Universal Hymn," and "The Age"; he has been rated by some extravagantly high; _b_.
BAILEY, SAMUEL, an English author, born in Sheffield, a liberal-minded man, a utilitarian in philosophy, who
wrote on psychology, ethics, and political economy, and left a fortune, acquired in business, to his native town
BAILLIE, JOANNA, a poetess, born at Bothwell, child of the Presbyterian manse there; joined a brother in London,
stayed afterwards with a sister at Hampstead; produced a series of dramas entitled "Plays of the Passions," besides
many others, both comedies and tragedies, one of which, the "Family Legend," was acted in the Theatre Royal,
Edinburgh, under the auspices of Sir Walter Scott; she does not stand high either as a dramatist or a writer
BAILLIE, LADY GRIZEL, an heroic Scotch lady, famous for her songs, "And werena my heart licht I wad dee" is well
BAILLIE, MATTHEW, physician, brother of Joanna, wrote on Morbid Anatomy (1761-1823).
BAILLIE, ROBERT, a Scotch Presbyterian divine, born in Glasgow; resisted Laud's attempt to thrust Episcopacy on
the Scotch nation, and became a zealous advocate of the national cause, which he was delegated to represent twice
over in London; he was a royalist all the same, and was made principal of Glasgow University; "His Letters and
Journals" were published by the Bannatyne Club, and are commended by Carlyle as "veracious," forming, as they do,
the subject of one of his critical essays (1599-1662).
BAILLIE, ROBERT, a zealous Scotch Presbyterian, tried for complicity in the Rye House Plot, and unfairly
condemned to death, and barbarously executed the same day (in 1683) for fear he should die afterwards and cheat the
gallows of its victim.
BAILLY, JEAN SYLVAIN, an astronomer, born at Paris; wrote the "History of Astronomy, Ancient and Modern," in
five volumes; was distracted from further study of the science by the occurrence of the Revolution; elected
president of the National Assembly; installed mayor of Paris; lost favour with the people; was imprisoned as an
enemy of the popular cause and cruelly guillotined. Exposed beforehand "for hours long, amid curses and bitter
frost-rain, 'Bailly, thou tremblest,' said one; 'Mon ami,' said he meekly, 'it is for cold.' Crueller end," says
Carlyle, "had no mortal."
BAILY, E. H., a sculptor, born in Bristol, studied under Flaxman; his most popular works were, "Eve Listening to
the Voice," "The Sleeping Girl," and the "Graces Seated" (1788-1867).
BAIN, ALEXANDER, born at Aberdeen, professor of Logic in the university, and twice Lord Rector, where he was
much esteemed by and exercised a great influence over his pupils; his chief works, "The Senses and the Intellect,"
"The Emotions and the Will," and "Mental and Moral Science"; has written on composition in a very uninteresting
style; his psychology, which he connected with physiology, was based on empiricism and the inductive method, to the
utter exclusion of all _a priori_ or transcendental speculation, such as hails from Kant and his school; he is of
the school of John Stuart Mill, who endorsed his philosophy; _b_. 1818.
BAIRAM, a Mohammedan festival of three days at the conclusion of the Ramadan, followed by another of four days,
seventy days later, called the Second Bairam, in commemoration of the offering up of Isaac, and accompanied with
BAIRD, JAMES, ironmaster, founder of the Baird Lectureship, in vindication of Scotch orthodoxy; bequeathed
L500,000 to support churches (1802-1876).
BAIRD, SIR DAVID, a distinguished English general of Scotch descent, born at Newbyth, Aberdeenshire; entered the
army at 15; served in India, Egypt, and at the Cape; was present at the taking of Seringapatam, and the siege of
Pondicherry; in command when the Cape of Good Hope was wrested from the Dutch, and on the fall of Sir John Moore at
Corunna, wounded; he afterwards retired (1757-1829).
BAIRD, S. FULLERTON, an American naturalist, wrote, along with others, on the birds and mammals of N. America,
as well as contributed to fish-culture and fisheries (1823-1887).
BAI`REUTH (24), the capital of Upper Franconia, in Bavaria, with a large theatre erected by the king for the
performance of Wagner's musical compositions, and with a monument, simple but massive, as was fit, to the memory of
Jean Paul, who died there.
BAIREUTH, WILHELMINA, MARGRAVINE OF, sister of Frederick the Great, left "Memoirs" of her time (1709-1758).
BAJAZET` I., sultan of the Ottoman Turks, surnamed ILDERIM, _i. e_. Lightning, from the energy and rapidity of
his movements; aimed at Constantinople, pushed everything before him in his advance on Europe, but was met and
defeated on the plain of Angora by Tamerlane, who is said to have shut him in a cage and carried him about with him
in his train till the day of his death (1347-1403).
BA`JUS, MICHAEL, deputy from the University of Louvain to the Council of Trent, where he incurred much obloquy
at the hands of the Jesuits by his insistence of the doctrines of Augustine, as the Jansenists did after him
BAKER, MOUNT, a volcano in the Cascade range, 11,000 ft.; still subject to eruptions.
BAKER, SIR RICHARD, a country gentleman, born in Kent, often referred to by Sir Roger de Coverley; author of
"The Chronicle of the Kings of England," which he wrote in the Fleet prison, where he died (1603-1645).
BAKER, SIR SAMUEL WHITE, a man of enterprise and travel, born in London; discovered the Albert Nyanza; commanded
an expedition under the Khedive into the Soudan; wrote an account of it in a book, "Ismailia"; visited Cyprus and
travelled over India; left a record of his travels in five volumes with different titles (1821-1893).
BAKSHISH, a word used all over the East to denote a small fee for some small service rendered.
BAKU (107), a Russian port on the Caspian Sea, in a district so impregnated and saturated in parts with
petroleum that by digging in the soil wells are formed, in some cases so gushing as to overflow in streams, which
wells, reckoned by hundreds, are connected by pipes with refineries in the town; a district which, from the
spontaneous ignition of the petroleum, was long ago a centre of attraction to the Parsees or fire-worshippers of
the East, and resorted to by them as holy ground.
BAKU`NIN, MICHAEL, an extreme and violent anarchist, and a leader of the movement; native of Moscow; was
banished to Siberia, but escaped; joined the International, but was expelled (1814-1876).
BALA, the county town of Merioneth, in Wales. Bala Lake, the largest lake in Wales, 4 m. long, and with a depth
of 100 ft.
BA`LAAM, a Midianitish soothsayer; for the account of him see Num. xxii.-xxiv., and Carlyle's essay on the
"Corn-Law Rhymes" for its application to modern State councillors of the same time-serving type, and their probable
BALACLA`VA, a small port 6 m. SE. of Sebastopol, with a large land-locked basin; the head-quarters of the
British during the Crimean war, and famous in the war, among other events, for the "Charge of the Six Hundred."
BALANCE OF POWER, preservation of the equilibrium existing among the States of Europe as a security of peace,
for long an important consideration with European statesmen.
BALANCE OF TRADE, the difference in value between the exports and the imports of a country, and said to be in
favour of the country whose exports exceed in value the imports in that respect.
BALANOGLOS`SUS, a worm-like marine animal, regarded by the zoologist as a possible connecting link between
invertebrates and vertebrates.
BALATA, a vegetable gum used as a substitute for gutta-percha, being at once ductile and elastic; goes under the
name of bully.
BAL`ATON, LAKE, the largest lake in Hungary, 48 m. long, and 10 m. broad, 56 m. SW. of Pesth; slightly saline,
and abounds in fish.
BALBI, ADRIANO, a geographer of Italian descent, born at Venice, who composed in French a number of works
bearing on geography (1782-1848).
BALBO, CAESARE, an Italian statesmen and publicist, born at Turin; devoted his later years to literature; wrote
a life of Dante; works in advocacy of Italian independence (1789-1853).
BALBO`A. VASCO NUNEZ DE, a Castilian noble, established a settlement at Darien; discovered the Pacific; took
possession of territory in the name of Spain; put to death by a new governor, from jealousy of the glory he had
acquired and the consequent influence in the State (1475-1517).
BALDACHINO, a tent-like covering or canopy over portals, altars, or thrones, either supported on columns,
suspended from the roof, or projecting from the wall.
BALD`ER, the sun-god of the Norse mythology, "the beautiful, the wise, the benignant," who is fated to die, and
dies, in spite of, and to the grief of, all the gods of the pantheon, a pathetic symbol conceived in the Norse
imagination of how all things in heaven, as on earth, are subject in the long-run to mortality.
BALDERSTONE, CALEB, the faithful old domestic in Scott's "Bride of Lammermoor," the family he serves his
BALDRICK, an ornamental belt worn hanging over the shoulder, across the body diagonally, with a sword, dagger,
or horn suspended from it.
BALDUNG, HANS, or HANS GRUeN, a German artist, born in Suabia; a friend of Duerer's; his greatest work, a
masterpiece, a painting of the "Crucifixion," now in Freiburg Cathedral (1300-1347).
BALDWIN, archbishop of Canterbury; crowned Richard Coeur de Lion; accompanied him on the crusade; died at Acre
BALDWIN, the name of several counts of Flanders, eight in all.
BALDWIN I., king of Jerusalem; succeeded his brother Godfrey de Bouillon; assuming said title, made himself
master of most of the towns on the coast of Syria; contracted a disease in Egypt; returned to Jerusalem, and was
buried on Mount Calvary; there were five of this name and title, the last of whom, a child of some eight years old,
died in 1186 (1058-1118).
BALDWIN I., the first Latin emperor of Constantinople; by birth, count of Hainault and Flanders; joined the
fourth crusade, led the van in the capture of Constantinople, and was made emperor; was defeated and taken prisoner
by the Bulgarians (1171-1206). B. II., nephew of Baldwin I., last king of the Latin dynasty, which lasted only 57
BALE, JOHN, bishop of Ossory, in Ireland; born in Suffolk; a convert from Popery, and supported by Cromwell; was
made bishop by Edward VI.; persecuted out of the country as an apostate from Popery; author of a valuable account
of early British writers (1495-1563).
BALEARIC ISLES (312), a group of five islands off the coast of Valencia, in Spain, Majorca the largest;
inhabitants in ancient times famous as expert slingers, having been one and all systematically trained to the use
of the sling from early childhood; cap. Palma (58).
BALFE, MICHAEL WILLIAM, a musical composer, of Irish birth, born near Wexford; author of "The Bohemian Girl,"
his masterpiece, and world-famous (1808-1870).
BALFOUR, A. J., of Whittinghame, East Lothian; educated at Eton and Cambridge; nephew of Lord Salisbury, and
First Lord of the Treasury and leader of the House of Commons in Lord Salisbury's ministry; author of a "Defence of
Philosophic Doubt" and a volume of "Essays and Addresses"; _b_. 1848.
BALFOUR, FRANCIS MAITLAND, brother of the preceding; a promising biologist; career was cut short by death in
attempting to ascend the Wetterhorn (1851-1882).
BALFOUR, SIR JAMES, Lord President of the Court of Session; native of Fife; an unprincipled man, sided now with
this party, now with the opposite, to his own advantage, and that at the most critical period in Scottish history;
BALFOUR OF BURLEY, leader of the Covenanters in Scott's "Old Mortality."
BALI, one of the Samoa Islands, 75 m. long by 40 m. broad; produces cotton, coffee, and tobacco.
BALIOL, EDWARD, son of the following, invaded Scotland; was crowned king at Scone, supported by Edward III.; was
driven from the kingdom, and obliged to renounce all claim to the crown, on receipt of a pension; died at
BALIOL, JOHN DE, son of the following; laid claim to the Scottish crown on the death of the Maid of Norway in
1290; was supported by Edward I., and did homage to him for his kingdom, but rebelled, and was forced publicly to
resign the crown; died in 1314 in Normandy, after spending some three years in the Tower; satirised by the Scotch,
in their stinging humorous style, as King Toom Tabard, i. e. Empty King Cloak.
BALIOL, SIR JOHN DE, of Norman descent; a guardian to the heir to the Scottish crown on the death of Alexander
III.; founder of Baliol College, Oxford; _d_. 1269.
BALIZE, or BELIZE, the capital of British Honduras, in Central America; trade in mahogany, rosewood, &c.
BALKAN PENINSULA, the territory between the Adriatic and the AEgean Sea, bounded on the N. by the Save and the
Lower Danube, and on the S. by Greece.
BALKANS, THE, a mountain range extending from the Adriatic to the Black Sea; properly the range dividing
Bulgaria from Roumania; mean height, 6500 ft.
BALKASH, LAKE, a lake in Siberia, 780 ft. above sea-level, the waters clear, but intensely salt, 150 m. long and
73 m. broad.
BALKH, anciently called Bactria, a district of Afghan Turkestan lying between the Oxus and the Hindu-Kush, 250
m. long and 120 m. broad, with a capital of the same name, reduced now to a village; birthplace of Zoroaster.
BALL, JOHN, a priest who had been excommunicated for denouncing the abuses of the Church; a ringleader in the
Wat Tyler rebellion; captured and executed.
BALL, SIR R. S., mathematician and astronomer, born in Dublin; Astronomer-Royal for Ireland; author of works on
astronomy and mechanics, the best known of a popular kind on the former science being "The Story of the Heavens";
BALLAD, a story in verse, composed with spirit, generally of patriotic interest, and sung originally to the
BALLANCHE, PIERRE SIMON, a mystic writer, born at Lyons, his chief work "la Palingenesie Sociale," his aim being
the regeneration of society (1814-1847).
BALLANTINE, JAMES, glass-stainer and poet, born in Edinburgh (1808-1877).
BALLANTINE, SERJEANT, distinguished counsel in celebrated criminal cases (1812-1887).
BALL`ANTYNE, JAMES, a native of Kelso, became a printer in Edinburgh, printed all Sir Walter Scott's works;
failed in business, a failure in which Scott was seriously implicated (1772-1833).
BALLANTYNE, JOHN, brother of preceding, a confidant of Sir Walter's in the matter of the anonymity of the
Waverley Novels; an inimitable story-teller and mimic, very much to the delight of Sir Walter (1774-1821).
BALLARAT` (40), a town in Victoria, and since 1851 the second city in the province, about 100 m. NW. of
Melbourne; the centre of the chief gold-fields in the colony, the precious metal being at first washed out of the
soil, and now crushed out of the quartz rocks and dug out of deep mines; it is the seat of both a Roman Catholic
and a Church of England bishopric.
BALL`ATER, a clean Aberdeenshire village on the Dee, a favourite summer resort, stands 668 ft. above
BALMAT, JACQUES, of Chamounix, a celebrated Alpine guide (1796-1834).
BALMAWHAPPLE, a prejudiced Scotch clergyman in "Waverley."
BAL`MEZ, an able Spanish Journalist, author of "Protestantism and Catholicism compared in their Effects on the
Civilisation of Europe" (1810-1848).
BALMOR`AL, a castle on the upper valley of the Dee, at the foot of Braemar, 521/2 m. from Aberdeen, 9 m. from
Ballater; the Highland residence of Queen Victoria, on a site which took the fancy of both the Queen and the Prince
Consort on their first visit to the Highlands.
BALMUNG, the sharp-cutting sword of Siegfried, so sharp that a smith cut in two by it did not know he was so cut
till he began to move, when he fell in pieces.
BALNAVES, HENRY, coadjutor of John Knox in the Scottish Reformation, and a fellow-sufferer with him in
imprisonment and exile; afterwards contributed towards formulating the creed of the Scotch Church; born at
Kirkcaldy, and educated in Germany; _d_. 1579.
BALSALL, a thriving suburb of Birmingham, engaged in hardware manufacture.
BALTIC PROVINCES, Russian provinces bordering on the Baltic.
BALTIC SEA, an inland sea in the N. of Europe, 900 m. long and from 100 to 200 m. broad, about the size of
England and Wales; comparatively shallow; has no tides; waters fresher than those of the ocean, owing to the number
of rivers that flow into it and the slight evaporation that goes on at the latitude; the navigation of it is
practically closed from the middle of December to April, owing to the inlets being blocked with ice.
BALTIMORE (550), the metropolis of Maryland, on an arm of Chesapeake Bay, 250 m. from the Atlantic; is
picturesquely situated; not quite so regular in design as most American cities, but noted for its fine architecture
and its public monuments. It is the seat of the John Hopkins University. The industries are varied and extensive,
including textiles, flour, tobacco, iron, and steel. The staple trade is in bread-stuffs; the exports, grain,
flour, and tobacco.
BALUE, CARDINAL, minister of Louis XI.; imprisoned, for having conspired with Charles the Rash, by Louis in an
iron cage for eleven years (1421-1491).
BALUCHISTAN, a country lying to the S. of Afghanistan and extending to the Persian Gulf. See Beluchistan.
BALZAC, HONORE DE, native of Tours, in France; one of the most brilliant as well as prolific novelwriters of
modern times; his productions remarkable for their sense of reality; they show power of observation, warmth and
fertility of imagination, and subtle and profound delineation of human passion, his design in producing them being
to make them form part of one great work, the "Comedie Humaine," the whole being a minute dissection of the
different classes of society (1799-1850).
BALZAC, JEAN LOUIS GUEZ DE, born at Angouleme, a French litterateur and gentleman of rank, who devoted his life
to the refinement of the French language, and contributed by his "Letters" to the classic form it assumed under
Louis XIV.; "he deliberately wrote," says Prof. Saintsbury, "for the sake of writing, and not because he had
anything particular to say," but in this way did much to improve the language; _d_. 1685.
BAMBAR`RA (2,000), a Soudan state on the banks of the Upper Niger, opened up to trade; the soil fertile; yields
grain, dates, cotton, and palm-oil; the natives are negroes of the Mohammedan faith, and are good husbandmen.
BAMBERG (35), a manufacturing town in Upper Franconia, Bavaria; once the centre of an independent bishopric;
with a cathedral, a magnificent edifice, containing the tomb of its founder, the Emperor Henry II.
BAMBINO, a figure of the infant Christ wrapped in swaddling bands, the infant in pictures surrounded by a halo
BAMBOROUGH CASTLE, an ancient fortress E. of Belford, on the coast of Northumberland, now an alms-house.
BAMBOUK (800), a fertile but unhealthy negro territory, with mineral wealth and deposits of gold, W. of
BAMIAN`, a high-lying valley in Afghanistan, 8500 ft. above sea-level; out of the rocks on its N. side, full of
caves, are hewn huge figures of Buddha, one of them 173 ft. high, all of ancient date.
BAMPTON LECTURES, annual lectures on Christian subjects, eight in number, for the endowment of which John
Bampton, canon of Salisbury, left property which yields a revenue worth L200 a year.
BANBURY, a market-town in Oxfordshire, celebrated for its cross and its cakes.
BANCA (80), an island in the Eastern Archipelago, belonging to the Dutch, with an unhealthy climate; rich in
tin, worked by Chinese.
BANCROFT, GEORGE, an American statesman, diplomatist, and historian, born in Massachusetts; his chief work "The
History of the United States," issued finally in six vols., and a faithful account (1800-1891).
BANCROFT, HUBERT, an American historian, author of a "History of the Pacific States of N. America"; _b_.
BANCROFT, RICHARD, archbishop of Canterbury, a zealous Churchman and an enemy of the Puritans; represented the
Church at the Hampton Court Conference, and was chief overseer of the Authorised Version of the Bible
BANCROFT, SIR SQUIRE, English actor, born in London, made his first appearance in Birmingham in 1861; married
Mrs. Wilton, an actress; opened with her the Haymarket Theatre in 1880; retired in 1885, at which time both
retired, and have appeared since only occasionally.
BANDA ISLES, a group of the Moluccas, some twelve in number, belonging to Holland; yield nutmegs and mace; are
subject to earthquakes.
BANDA ORIENTAL, See URUGUAY.
BANDELLO, an Italian Dominican monk, a writer of tales, some of which furnished themes and incidents for
Shakespeare, Massinger, and other dramatists of their time (1480-1562).
BANDIE`RA, brothers, born in Venice; martyrs, in 1844, to the cause of Italian independence.
BANDINELLI, a Florentine sculptor, tried hard to rival Michael Angelo and Cellini; his work "Hercules and Cacus"
is the most ambitious of his productions; did a "Descent from the Cross" in bas-relief, in Milan Cathedral
BANFF (7), county town of Banffshire, on the Moray Firth, at the mouth of the Deveron; the county itself (64)
stretches level along the coast, though mountainous on the S. and SE.; fishing and agriculture the great
BANFFY, BARON, Premier of Hungary, born at Klausenburg; became in 1874 provincial prefect of Transylvania; was
elected a peer on the formation of the Upper Hungarian Chamber, and was made Premier in 1893; he is a strong
Liberal; _b_. 1841.
BANGA, the Hindu name for the Delta of the Ganges.
BAN`GALORE (180), the largest town in Mysore, and the capital; stands high; is manufacturing and trading.
BANGHIS, a low-caste people in the Ganges valley.
BANGK`OK (500), the capital of Siam, on the Menam; a very striking city; styled, from the canals which intersect
it, the "Venice of the East"; 20 m. from the sea; the centre of the foreign trade, carried on by Europeans and
Chinese; with the royal palace standing on an island, in the courtyard of which several white elephants are
BANGOR (9), an episcopal city in Carnarvon, N. Wales, with large slate quarries; a place of summer resort, from
the beauty of its surroundings.
BANGORIAN CONTROVERSY, a controversy in the Church of England provoked by a sermon which Hoadley, bishop of
Bangor, preached before George I. in 1717, which offended the sticklers for ecclesiastical authority.
BANGWEO`LO, a lake in Equatorial Africa, discovered by Livingstone, and on the shore of which he died; 150 m.
long, and half as wide; 3690 ft. above sea-level.
BANIAN DAYS, days when no meat is served out to ships' crews.
BANJARI, a non-Aryan race in Central India, the carriers and caravan-conductors of the region.
BANIM, JOHN, Irish author, a native of Kilkenny, novelist of Irish peasant life on its dark side, who, along
with his brother Michael, wrote 24 vols. of Irish stories, &c.; his health giving way, he fell into poverty,
but was rescued by a public subscription and a pension; Michael survived him 32 years (1798-1842).
BANKS, SIR JOSEPH, a zealous naturalist, particularly in botany; a collector, in lands far and wide, of
specimens in natural history; left his collection and a valuable library and herbarium to the British Museum;
president of the Royal Society for 41 years (1744-1820).
BANKS, THOMAS, an eminent English sculptor, born at Lambeth; first appreciated by the Empress Catharine; his
finest works, "Psyche" and "Achilles Enraged," now in the entrance-hall of Burlington House; he excelled in
imaginative art (1735-1805).
BANNATYNE CLUB, a club founded by Sir Walter Scott to print rare works of Scottish interest, whether in history,
poetry, or general literature, of which it printed 116, all deemed of value, a complete set having been sold for
L235; dissolved in 1861.
BAN`NOCKBURN (2), a manufacturing village 3 m. SE. of Stirling, the scene of the victory, on June 24, 1314, of
Robert the Bruce over Edward II., which reasserted and secured Scottish independence; it manufactures carpets and
BAN`SHEE, among the Irish, and in some parts of the Highlands and Brittany, a fairy, believed to be attached to
a family, who gave warnings by wailings of an approaching death in it, and kept guard over it.
BANTAM, a chief town in Java, abandoned as unhealthy by the Dutch; whence the Bantam fowl is thought to have
BANTING SYSTEM, a dietary for keeping down fat, recommended by a Mr. Banting, a London merchant, in a "Letter on
Corpulence" in 1863; he recommended lean meat, and the avoidance of sugar and starchy foods.
BANTRY BAY, a deep inlet on the SW. coast of Ireland; a place of shelter for ships.
BANTU, the name of most of the races, with their languages, that occupy Africa from 6 deg. N. lat. to 20 deg.
S.; are negroid rather than negro ...; the name, however, suggests rather a linguistic than an ethnological
distinction, the language differing radically from all other known forms of speech--the inflection, for one thing,
chiefly initial, not final.
BANVILLE, THEODORE DE, a French poet, born at Moulins; well characterised as "_Roi des Rimes_," for with him
form was everything, and the matter comparatively insignificant, though, there are touches here and there of both
fine feeling and sharp wit (1823-1891).
BANYAN, the Indian fig; a tree whose branches, bending to the ground, take root and form new stocks, till they
cover a large area and become a forest.
BA`OBAB, a large African tropical tree, remarkable for the girth of its trunk, the thickness of its branches,
and their expansion; its leaves and seeds are used in medicine.
BAPHOMET, a mysterious image, presumed represent Mahomet, which the Templars were accused of worshipping, but
which they may rather be surmised to have invoked to curse them if they failed in their vow; Carlyle refers to this
cult in "Sartor," end of Bk. II. chapter vii., where he speaks of the "Baphometic fire-baptism" of his hero, under
which all the spectres that haunted him withered up.
BAPTISM, the Christian rite of initiation into the membership of the Church, identified by St. Paul (Rom. vi. 4)
with that No to the world which precedes or rather accompanies Yea to God, but a misunderstanding of the nature of
which has led to endless diversity, debate, and alienation all over the Churches of Christendom.
BAPTISTE, JEAN, a name given to the French Canadians.
BAPTISTRY, a circular building, sometimes detached from a church, in which the rite of baptism is administered;
the most remarkable, that of Pisa.
BAPTISTS, a denomination of Christians, sometimes called Anabaptists to distinguish them from Paedobaptists,
who, however they may and do differ on other matters, insist that the rite of initiation is duly administered only
by immersion, and to those who are of age to make an intelligent profession of faith; they are a numerous body,
particularly in America, and more so in England than in Scotland, and have included in their membership a number of
BAPTISMAL REGENERATION, the High Church doctrine that the power of spiritual life, forfeited by the Fall, is
bestowed on the soul in the sacrament of baptism duly administered.
BARAGUAY D'HILLIERS`, ACHILLE, a French marshal who fought under Napoleon at Quatre-Bras; distinguished himself
under Louis Philippe in Algeria, as well as under Louis Napoleon; presided at the trial of Marshal Bazaine
BARATARIA, the imaginary island of which Sancho Panza was formally installed governor, and where in most comical
situations he learned how imaginary is the authority of a king, how, instead of governing his subjects, his
subjects govern him.
BARBACAN, or BARBICAN, a fortification to a castle outside the walls, generally at the end of the drawbridge in
front of the gate.
BARBA`DOES (182), one of the Windward Islands, rather larger than the Isle of Wight; almost encircled by coral
reefs; is the most densely peopled of the Windward Islands; subject to hurricanes; healthy and well cultivated; it
yields sugar, arrowroot, ginger, and aloes.
BARBARA, ST., a Christian martyr of the 3rd century; beheaded by her own father, a fanatical heathen, who was
immediately after the act struck dead by lightning; she is the patron saint of those who might otherwise die
impenitent, and of Mantua; her attributes are a tower, a sword, and a crown. Festival, Dec. 4.
BARBARIANS, originally those who could not speak Greek, and ultimately synonymous with the uncivilised and
people without culture, particularly literary; this is the sense in which Matthew Arnold uses it.
BARBAROSSA, the surname of Frederick I., emperor of Germany, of whom there is this tradition, that "he is not
yet dead; but only sleeping, till the bad world reach its worst, when he will reappear. He sits within a cavern
near Saltzburg, at a marble table, leaning on his elbow; winking, only half-asleep, as a peasant once tumbling into
the interior saw him; beard had grown through the table, and streamed out on the floor. He looked at the peasant
one moment, asked something about the time it was; then drooped his eyelids again: 'Not yet time, but will be
BARBAROSSA (i. e. Red-beard), HORUK, a native of Mitylene; turned corsair; became sovereign of Algiers by the
murder of Selim the emir, who had adopted him as an ally against Spain; was defeated twice by the Spanish general
Gomarez and slain (1473-1518).
BARBAROSSA, KHAIR-EDDIN, brother and successor of the preceding; became viceroy of the Porte, made admiral under
the sultan, opposed Andrea Doria, ravaged the coast of Italy, and joined the French against Spain; died at
Constantinople in 1546.
BARBAROUX, CHARLES, advocate, born at Marseilles, of which he became town-clerk; came to Paris "a young
Spartan," and became chief of the Girondins in the French Revolution; represented Marseilles in the Constituent
Assembly and the Convention; joined the Rolands; sent "fire-eyed" message to Marseilles for six hundred men "who
knew how to die"; held out against Marat and Robespierre; declared an enemy of the people, had to flee; mistook a
company approaching for Jacobins, drew his pistol and shot himself, but the shot miscarried; was captured and
BARBARY APE, a tailless monkey of gregarious habits, native of the mountainous parts of Barbary, and of which
there is a colony on the Rock of Gibraltar, the only one in Europe.
BARBARY STATES, the four states of Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripoli, so called from the Berbers who inhabit
BARBAULD, ANNA LAETITIA, _nee_ Aiken, an English popular and accomplished authoress, wrote "Hymns in Prose for
Children," "Evenings at Home," in which she was assisted by a brother, &c. (1743-1825).
BARBAZAN, a French general under Charles VI. and VII., who deservedly earned for himself the name of the
Irreproachable Knight; _d_. 1432.
BAR`BECUE, a feast in the open air on a large scale, at which the animals are roasted and dressed whole,
formerly common in the SW. States of N. America.
BARBERI`NI, an illustrious and influential Florentine family, several of the members of which were cardinals,
and one made pope in 1623 under the name Urban VIII.
BARBERTON, a mining town and important centre in the Transvaal, 180 m. E. of Pretoria.
BARBES, ARMAND, a French politician, surnamed the Bayard of Democracy; imprisoned in 1848, liberated in 1854;
expatriated himself voluntarily; died at the Hague (1809-1870).
BARBIER, ANTOINE ALEX., a French bibliographer, author of a "Dictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous Works"
BARBIER, ED. FR., jurisconsult of the parliament, born in Paris; author of a journal, historical and
anecdotical, of the time of Louis XV. (1689-1771).
BARBIER, HENRY, a French satirical poet, born in Paris; wrote vigorous political verses; author of "Iambics"
BARBOUR, JOHN, a Scotch poet and chronicler, archdeacon of Aberdeen, a man of learning and sagacity; his only
extant work a poem entitled "The Bruce," being a long history in rhyme of the life and achievements of Robert the
Bruce, a work consisting of 13,000 octosyllabic lines, and possessing both historical and literary merit;
"represents," says Stopford Brooke, "the whole of the eager struggle for Scottish freedom against the English,
which closed at Bannockburn, and the national spirit in it full grown into life;" _d_. 1195.
BARCA (500), a Turkish province in the N. of Africa, between Tripoli and Egypt; produces maize, figs, dates, and
BARCA, name of a Carthaginian family to which Hamilcar, Hasdrubal, and Hannibal belonged, and determinedly
opposed to the ascendency of Rome; known as the Barcine faction.
BARCELO`NA (280), the largest town in Spain next to Madrid, on the Mediterranean, and its chief port, with a
naval arsenal, and its largest manufacturing town, called the "Spanish Manchester," the staple manufacture being
cotton; is the seat of a bishopric and a university; has numerous churches, convents, and theatres.
BARCLAY, ALEX., a poet and prose-writer, of Scotch birth; bred a monk in England, which he ceased to be on the
dissolution of the monasteries; wrote "The Ship of Fools," partly a translation and partly an imitation of the
German "Narrerschiff" of Brandt. "It has no value," says Stopford Brooke; "but it was popular because it attacked
the follies and questions of the time; and its sole interest to us is in its pictures of familiar manners and
popular customs" (1475-1552).
BARCLAY, JOHN, born in France, educated by the Jesuits, a stanch Catholic; wrote the "Argenis," a Latin romance,
much thought of by Cowper, translated more than once into English (1582-1621).
BARCLAY, JOHN, leader of the sect of the Bereans (1734-1798).
BARCLAY, ROBERT, the celebrated apologist of Quakerism, born in Morayshire; tempted hard to become a Catholic;
joined the Society of Friends, as his father had done before him; his greatest work, written in Latin as well as in
English, and dedicated to Charles II., "An Apology for the True Christian Divinity, as the same is held forth and
preached by the People called in scorn Quakers," a great work, the leading thesis of which is that Divine Truth is
not matter of reasoning, but intuition, and patent to the understanding of every truth-loving soul (1645-1690).
BARCLAY, WILLIAM, father of John (1), an eminent citizen and professor of Law at Angers; _d_. 1605. All these
Barclays were of Scottish descent.
BARCLAY DE TOLLY, a Russian general and field-marshal, of Scottish descent, and of the same family as Robert
Barclay the Quaker; distinguished in successive Russian wars; his promotion rapid, in spite of his unpopularity as
German born; on Napoleon's invasion of Russia his tactic was to retreat till forced to fight at Smolensk; he was
defeated, and superseded in command by Kutusow; on the latter's death was made commander-in-chief; commanded the
Russians at Dresden and Leipzig, and led them into France in 1815; he was afterwards Minister of War at St.
Petersburg, and elevated to the rank of prince (1761-1818).
BARD OF AVON, Shakespeare; OF AYRSHIRE, Burns; OF HOPE, Campbell; OF IMAGINATION, Akenside; OF MEMORY, Rogers;
OF OLNEY, Cowper; OF RYDAL MOUNT, Wordsworth; OF TWICKENHAM, Pope.
BARDELL`, MRS., a widow in the "Pickwick Papers," who sues Pickwick for breach of promise.
BARDOLPH, a drunken, swaggering, worthless follower of Falstaff's.
BARDON HILL, a hill in Leicestershire, from which one can see right across England.
BAR-DURANI, the collective name of a number of Afghan tribes between the Hindu-Kush and the Soliman
BAREBONE'S PARLIAMENT, Cromwell's Little Parliament, met 4th July 1653; derisively called Barebone's Parliament,
from one Praise-God Barebone, a member of it. "If not the remarkablest Assembly, yet the Assembly for the
remarkablest purpose," says Carlyle, "that ever met in the modern world; the business being no less than
introducing of the Christian religion into real practice in the social affairs of this nation.... In this it
failed, could not but fail, with what we call the Devil and all his angels against it, and the Little Parliament
had to go its ways again," 12th December in the same year.
BAREGES, a village on the Hautes-Pyrenees, at 4000 ft. above the sea-level, resorted to for its mineral
BAREILLY (121), a city in NW. India, the chief town in Rohilkhand, 153 m. E. of Delhi, notable as the place
where the Mutiny of 1858 first broke out.
BARENTZ, an Arctic explorer, born in Friesland; discovered Spitzbergen, and doubled the NE. extremity of Nova
Zembla, in 1596, and died the same year.
BARERE, French revolutionary, a member of the States-General, the National Assembly of France, and the
Convention; voted in the Convention for the execution of the king, uttering the oft-quoted words, "The tree of
Liberty thrives only when watered by the blood of tyrants;" escaped the fate of his associates; became a spy under
Napoleon; was called by Burke, from his flowery oratory, the Anacreon of the Guillotine, and by Mercier, "the
greatest liar in France;" he was inventor of the famous fable "his masterpiece," of the "Sinking of the _Vengeur_,"
"the largest, most inspiring piece of _blaque_ manufactured, for some centuries, by any man or nation;" died in
beggary (1755-1841). See VENGEUR.
BARETTI, GIUSEPPE, an Italian lexicographer, born in Turin; taught Italian in London, patronised by Johnson,
became secretary of the Royal Academy (1719-1789).
BARFLEUR, a seaport 15 m. E. of Cherbourg, where William the Conqueror set out with his fleet to invade
BARFRUeSH (603), a town S. of the Caspian, famous for its bazaar.
BAR`GUEST, a goblin long an object of terror in the N. of England.
BARI, THE, a small negro nation on the banks of the White Nile.
BARING, SIR FRANCIS, founder of the great banking firm of Baring Brothers & Co.; amassed property, value of
it said to have been nearly seven millions (1740-1810).
BARING-GOULD, SABINE, rector of Lew-Trenchard, Devonshire, celebrated in various departments of literature,
history, theology, and romance, especially the latter; a voluminous writer on all manner of subjects, and a man of
wide reading; _b_. 1834.
BARHAM, RICHARD HARRIS, his literary name Thomas Ingoldsby, born at Canterbury, minor canon of St. Paul's;
friend of Sidney Smith; author of "Ingoldsby Legends," published originally as a series of papers in _Bentley's
BARKIS, a carrier-lad in "David Copperfield," in love with Peggotty. "Barkis is willin'."
BARKER, E. HENRY, a classical scholar, born in Yorkshire; edited Stephens' "Thesaurus Linguae Graecae," an
arduous work; died in poverty (1788-1839).
BARKING, a market-town in Essex, 7 m. NE. of London, with the remains of an ancient Benedictine convent.
BARLAAM AND JOSAPHAT, a mediaeval legend, being a Christianised version of an earlier legend relating to Buddha,
in which Josaphat, a prince like Buddha, is converted by Barlaam to a like ascetic life.
BARLEYCORN, JOHN, the exhilarating spirit distilled from barley personified.
BARLOW, JOEL, an American poet and diplomatist; for his Republican zeal, was in 1792 accorded the rights of
citizenship in France; wrote a poem "The Vision of Columbus" (1755-1812).
BARLOWE, a French watchmaker, inventor of the repeating watch; _d_. 1690.
BARMACIDE FEAST, an imaginary feast, so called from a story in the "Arabian Nights" of a hungry beggar invited
by a Barmacide prince to a banquet, which proved a long succession of merely empty dishes, and which he enjoyed
with such seeming gusto and such good-humour as to earn for himself a sumptuous real one.
BAR`MACIDES, a Persian family celebrated for their magnificence, and that in the end met with the cruellest
fate. Yahya, one of them, eminent for ability and virtue, was chosen by the world-famous Haroun-Al-Raschid on his
accession to the caliphate to be his vizier; and his four sons rose along with him to such influence in the
government, as to excite the jealousy of the caliph so much, that he had the whole family invited to a banquet, and
every man, woman, and child of them massacred at midnight in cold blood. The caliph, it is gratifying to learn,
never forgave himself for this cruelty, and was visited with a gnawing remorse to the end of his days; and it had
fatal issues to his kingdom as well as himself.
BAR`MEN (116), a long town, consisting of a series of hamlets, 6 m. in extent, in Rhenish Prussia; the
population consists chiefly of Protestants; the staple industry, the manufacture of ribbons, and it is the centre
of that industry on the Continent.
BARNABAS, ST., a member of the first Christian brotherhood, a companion of St. Paul's, and characterised in the
Acts as "a good man"; stoned to death at Cyprus, where he was born; an epistle extant bears his name, but is not
believed to be his work; the Epistle to the Hebrews has by some been ascribed to him; he is usually represented in
art as a venerable man of majestic mien, with the Gospel of St. Matthew in his hand. Festival, June 11.
BARNABITES, a proselytising order of monks founded at Milan, where Barnabas was reported to have been bishop, in
1530; bound, as the rest are, by the three monastic vows, and by a vow in addition, not to sue for preferment in
BARNABY RUDGE, one of Dickens' novels, published in 1841.
BARNARD, HENRY, American educationist, born in Connecticut, 1811.
BARNARD, LADY ANNE, daughter of Lindsay, the 5th Earl of Balcarres, born in Fife; authoress of "Auld Robin
Gray," named after a Balcarres herd; lived several years at the Cape, where her husband held an appointment, and
after his death, in London (1750-1825).
BARNARD CASTLE, an old tower W. of Darlington, in Durham; birthplace of John Baliol, and the scene of Scott's
BAR`NARDINE, a reckless character in "Measure for Measure."
BARNAVE, JOSEPH MARIE, French lawyer, born at Grenoble; president of the French Constitutional Assembly in 1780;
one of the trio in the Assembly of whom it was said, "Whatsoever those three have on hand, Dupont thinks it,
Barnave speaks it, Lameth does it;" a defender of the monarchy from the day he gained the favour of the queen by
his gallant conduct to her on her way back to Paris from her flight with the king to Varennes; convicted by
documentary evidence of conspiring with the court against the nation; was guillotined (1761-1793).
BARN-BURNERS, name formerly given to an extreme radical party in the United States, as imitating the Dutchman
who, to get rid of the rats, burned his barns.
BARNES, THOMAS, editor of the _Times_, under whom the paper first rose to the pre-eminent place it came to
occupy among the journals of the day (1786-1841).
BARNES, WILLIAM, a local philologist, native of Dorsetshire; author of "Poems of Rural Life in Dorset," in three
vols.; wrote on subjects of philological interest (1830-1886).
BARNET (5), a town in Hertfordshire, almost a suburb of London; a favourite resort of Londoners; has a large
annual horse and cattle fair; scene of a battle in 1471, at which Warwick, the king-maker, was slain.
BARNETT, JOHN, composer, born at Bedford; author of operas and a number of fugitive pieces (1802-1891).
BARNEVELDT, JOHANN VAN OLDEN, Grand Pensionary of Holland, of a distinguished family; studied law at the Hague,
and practised as an advocate there; fought for the independence of his country against Spain; concluded a truce
with Spain, in spite of the Stadtholder Maurice, whose ambition for supreme power he courageously opposed; being an
Arminian, took sides against the Gomarist or Calvinist party, to which Maurice belonged; was arrested, tried, and
condemned to death as a traitor and heretic, and died on the scaffold at 71 years of age, with sanction, too, of
the Synod of Dort, in 1619.
BARNSLEY (35), a manufacturing town in W. Yorkshire, 18 m. N. of Sheffield; manufactures textile fabrics and
BARNUM, an American showman; began with the exhibition of George Washington's reputed nurse in 1834; picked up
Tom Thumb in 1844; engaged Jenny Lind for 100 concerts in 1849, and realised a fortune, which he lost; started in
1871 with his huge travelling show, and realised another fortune, dying worth five million dollars (1810-1891).
BAROCCI, a celebrated Italian painter, imitator of the style of Correggio (1528-1612).
BAROCHE, PIERRE-JULES, a French statesman, minister of Napoleon III. (1802-1870).
BARO`DA (2,415), a native state of Gujerat, in the prov. of Bombay, with a capital (101) of the same name, the
sovereign of which is called the Guicowar; the third city in the presidency, with Hindu temples and a considerable
BARO`NIUS, CAESAR, a great Catholic ecclesiastic, born near Naples, priest of the Congregation of the Oratory
under its founder, and ultimately Superior; cardinal and librarian of the Vatican; his great work, "Annales
Ecclesiastici," being a history of the first 12 centuries of the Church, written to prove that the Church of Rome
was identical with the Church of the 1st century, a work of immense research that occupied him 30 years; failed of
the popehood from the intrigues of the Spaniards, whose political schemes he had frustrated (1538-1607).
BARONS' WAR, a war in England of the barons against Henry III., headed by Simon de Montfort, and which lasted
from 1258 to 1265.
BAROQUE, ornamentation of a florid and incongruous character, more lavish and showy rather than true and
tasteful; much in vogue from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
BARRA, a small island, one of the Hebrides, 5 m. SW. of S. Uist, the inhabitants of which are engaged in
BAR`RACKPUR (18), a town on the Hooghly, 15 m. above Calcutta, where the lieutenant-governor of Bengal has a
residence; a healthy resort of the Europeans.
BARRACK-ROOM BALLADS, ballads by Rudyard Kipling, with a fine martial strain.
BARRAS, PAUL FRANCOIS, a member of the Jacobin Club, born in Provence; "a man of heat and haste,... tall, and
handsome to the eye;" voted in the National Convention for the execution of the king; took part in the siege of
Toulon; put an end to the career of Robespierre and the Reign of Terror; named general-in-chief to oppose the
reactionaries; employed Bonaparte to command the artillery, "he the commandant's cloak, this artillery officer the
commandant;" was a member of the Directory till Bonaparte swept it away (1755-1829).
BAR`RATRY, the offence of inciting and stirring up riots and quarrels among the Queen's subjects, also a fraud
by a ship captain on the owners of a ship.
BARRE, ISAAC, soldier and statesman, born in Dublin, served under Wolfe in Canada, entered Parliament, supported
Pitt, charged with authorship of "Junius' Letters"; _d_. 1802.
BARREL MIRABEAU, Viscount de Mirabeau, brother of the great tribune of the name, so called from his bulk and the
liquor he held.
BARRERE. See BARERE.
BARRETT, WILSON, English actor, born in Essex; made his _debut_ at Halifax; lessee of the Grand Theatre, Leeds,
and of the Court and the Princess's Theatres, London; produced his Hamlet in 1884; _b_. 1846.
BARRIE, JAMES MATTHEW, a writer with a rich vein of humour and pathos, born at Kirriemuir ("Thrums"), in
Forfarshire; began his literary career as a contributor to journals; produced, among other works, "Auld Licht
Idylls" in 1888, and "A Window in Thrums," in 1889, and recently "Margaret Ogilvie," deemed by some likely to prove
the most enduring thing he has yet written; _b_. 1860.
BARRIER REEF, THE GREAT, a slightly interrupted succession of coral reefs off the coast of Queensland, of 1200
m. extent, and 100 m. wide at the S., and growing narrower as they go N.; are from 70 to 20 m. off the coast, and
protect the intermediate channel from the storms of the Pacific.
BARRIERE, JEAN FRANCOIS, French historian of the Revolution (1786-1868).
BARRIERE, PIERRE, would-be assassin of Henry IV. of France; broken on the wheel in 1593.
BARRIERS, BATTLE OF THE, a battle fought within the walls of Paris in 1814 between Napoleon and the Allies,
which ended in the capitulation of the city and the abdication of Napoleon.
BARRINGTON, JOHN SHUTE, 1st Viscount, gained the favour of the Nonconformists by his "Rights of Dissenters," and
an Irish peerage from George I. for his "Dissuasive from Jacobitism"; left six sons, all more or less
distinguished, particularly Daines, the fourth, distinguished in law (1727-1800), and Samuel, the fifth, 1st Lord
of the name, distinguished in the naval service, assisted under Lord Howe at the relief of Gibraltar, and became an
admiral in 1787 (1678-1764).
BARROS, JOAO DE, a distinguished Portuguese historian; his great work. "Asia Portugueza," relates, in a pure and
simple style, the discoveries and conquests of the Portuguese in the Indies; he did not live to complete it
BARROT, ODILON, famous as an advocate, born at Villefort; contributed to the Revolutions of both 1830 and 1848;
accepted office under Louis Napoleon; retired after the _coup d'etat_, to return to office in 1872 (1791-1873).
BARROW, a river in Ireland rising in the Slievebloom Mts.; falls into Waterford harbour, after a course of 114
BARROW, ISAAC, English scholar, mathematician, and divine, born in London; a graduate of Cambridge, and fellow
of Trinity College; appointed professor of Greek at Cambridge, and soon after Gresham professor of Geometry;
subsequently Lucasian professor of Mathematics (in which he had Newton for successor), and master of Trinity, and
founder of the library; a man of great intellectual ability and force of character; besides mathematical works,
left a "Treatise on the Pope's Supremacy," and a body of sermons remarkable for their vigour of thought and
nervousness of expression (1630-1677).
BARROW, SIR JOHN, secretary to the Admiralty for 40 years, and much esteemed in that department, distinguished
also as a man of letters; wrote the Lives of Macartney, Anson, Howe, and Peter the Great (1764-1848).
BARROW-IN-FURNESS (51), a town and seaport in N. Lancashire, of recent rapid growth, owing to the discovery of
extensive deposits of iron in the neighbourhood, which has led to the establishment of smelting works and the
largest manufacture of steel in the kingdom; the principal landowners in the district being the Dukes of Devonshire
BARRY, JAMES, painter, born in Cork; painted the "Death of General Wolfe"; became professor of Painting at the
Royal Academy, but was deposed; died in poverty; his masterpiece is the "Victors at Olympia" (1741-1806).
BARRY, SIR CHARLES, architect, born at Westminster; architect of the new Palace of Westminster, besides other
public buildings (1795-1860).
BARRY CORNWALL. See PROCTER.
BART, or BARTH, JEAN, a distinguished French seaman, born at Dunkirk, son of a fisherman, served under De
Ruyter, entered the French service at 20, purchased a ship of two guns, was subsidised as a privateer, made
numerous prizes; having had other ships placed under his command, was captured by the English, but escaped;
defeated the Dutch admiral, De Vries; captured his squadron laden with corn, for which he was ennobled by Louis
XIV.; he was one of the bravest of men and the most independent, unhampered by red-tapism of every kind
BARTH, HEINRICH, a great African explorer, born at Hamburg; author of "Travels in the East and Discoveries in
Central Africa," in five volumes (1821-1865).
BARTHELEMY, AUGUSTE-MARSEILLE, a poet and politician, born at Marseilles; author of "Nemesis," and the best
French translation of the "AEneid," in verse; an enemy of the Bourbons, an ardent Imperialist, and warm supporter
of Louis Napoleon (1796-1867).
BARTHELEMY, THE ABBE, JEAN JACQUES, a French historian and antiquary, born at Cassis, in Provence; educated by
the Jesuits; had great skill in numismatics; wrote several archaeological works, in chief, "Voyage du Jeune
Anacharsis en Grece;" long treated as an authority in the history, manners, and customs of Greece (1716-1795).
BARTHELEMY SAINT-HILAIRE, JULES, a French baron and politician, born at Paris; an associate of Odilon Barrot in
the Revolutions of 1830 and 1848, and subsequently a zealous supporter of M. Thiers; for a time professor of Greek
and Roman Philosophy in the College of France; an Oriental as well as Greek scholar; translated the works of
Aristotle, his greatest achievement, and the "Iliad" into verse, as well as wrote on the Vedas, Buddhism, and
Mahomet; _b_. 1805.
BARTHEZ, PAUL JOSEPH, a celebrated physician, physiologist, and Encyclopaedist, born at Montpellier, where he
founded a medical school; suffered greatly during the Revolution; was much esteemed and honoured by Napoleon; is
celebrated among physiologists as the advocate of what he called the Vital Principle as a physiological force in
the functions of the human organism; his work "Nouveaux Elements de la Science de l'Homme" has been translated into
all the languages of Europe (1734-1806).
BARTHOLDI, a French sculptor, born at Colmar; his principal works, "Lion le Belfort," and "Liberte eclairant le
Monde," the largest bronze statue in the world, being 150 ft. high, erected at the entrance of New York harbour;
BARTHOLOMEW, ST., an apostle of Christ, and martyr; represented in art with a knife in one hand and his skin in
the other; sometimes been painted as being flayed alive, also as headless. Festival, Aug. 24.
BARTHOLOMEW FAIR, an annual market held at Smithfield, London, and instituted in 1133 by Henry I., to be kept on
the saint's day, but abolished in 1853, when it ceased to be a market and became an occasion for mere dissipation
BARTHOLOMEW HOSPITAL, an hospital in Smithfield, London, founded in 1123; has a medical school attached to it,
with which the names of a number of eminent physicians are associated.
BARTHOLOMEW'S DAY, ST., 24th August, day in 1572 memorable for the wholesale massacre of the Protestants in
France at the instance of Catharine de Medici, then regent of the kingdom for her son, Charles IX., an event,
cruelly gloried in by the Pope and the Spanish Court, which kindled a fire in the nation that was not quenched,
although it extinguished Protestantism proper in France, till Charles was coerced to grant liberty of conscience
throughout the realm.
BARTIZAN, an overhanging wall-mounted turret projecting from the walls of ancient fortifications.
BARTLETT, JOHN H., an American ethnologist and philologist, born at Rhode Island, U.S.; author of "Dictionary of
Americanisms," among other works particularly on ethnology (1805-1886).
BARTOLI, DANIELE, a learned Italian Jesuit, born at Ferrara (1635-1685).
BARTOLI, PIETRO, Italian engraver, engraved a great number of ancient works of art (1635-1700).
BARTOLINI, LORENZO, a Florentine sculptor, patronised by Napoleon; produced a great number of busts
BARTOLOMME`O, FRA, a celebrated Florentine painter of sacred subjects, born at Florence; an adherent of
Savonarola, friend of Raphael; "St. Mark" and "St. Sebastian" among his best productions (1469-1517).
BARTOLOZ`ZI, FRANCESCO, an eminent engraver, born at Florence; wrought at his art both in England and in
Portugal, where he died; his chief works, "Clytie," after Annibale Caracci, the "Prometheus," after Michael Angelo,
and "Virgin and Child," after Carlo Dolci; he was the father of Madame Vestris (1725-1815).
BARTON, BERNARD, the "Quaker poet," born in London; a clerk nearly all his days in a bank; his poems, mostly on
homely subjects, but instinct with poetic feeling and fancy, gained him the friendship of Southey and Charles Lamb,
as well as more substantial patronage in the shape of a government pension (1784-1849).
BARTON, ELIZABETH, "the Maid of Kent," a poor country servant-girl, born in Kent, subject from nervous debility
to trances, in which she gave utterances ascribed by Archbishop Warham to divine inspiration, till her
communications were taken advantage of by designing people, and she was led by them to pronounce sentence against
the divorce of Catharine of Aragon, which involved her and her abettors in a charge of treason, for which they were
all executed at Tyburn (1506-1534).
BARUCH, (1) the friend of the prophet Jeremiah, and his scribe, who was cast with him into prison, and
accompanied him into Egypt; (2) a book in the Apocrypha, instinct with the spirit of Hebrew prophecy, ascribed to
him; (3) also a book entitled the Apocalypse of Baruch, affecting to predict the fall of Jerusalem, but obviously
written after the event.
BARYE, a French sculptor, distinguished for his groups of statues of wild animals (1795-1875).
BASAITI, a Venetian painter of the 15th and 16th centuries, a rival of Bellini; his best works, "Christ in the
Garden" and the "Calling of St. Peter and St. Andrew."
BASEDOW, JOHANN BERNARD, a zealous educational reformer, born at Hamburg; his method modelled according to the
principles of Rousseau; established a normal school on this method at Dessau, which, however, failed from his
irritability of temper, which led to a rupture with his colleagues (1723-1790).
BASEL (74), in the NW. of Switzerland, on the Rhine, just before it enters Germany; has a cathedral, university,
library, and museum; was a centre of influence in Reformation times, and the home for several years of Erasmus; it
is now a great money market, and has manufactures of silks and chemicals; the people are Protestant and
BASEL, COUNCIL OF, met in 1431, and laboured for 12 years to effect the reformation of the Church from within.
It effected some compromise with the Hussites, but was hampered at every step by the opposition of Pope Eugenius
IV. Asserting the authority of a general council over the Pope himself, it cited him on two occasions to appear at
its bar, on his refusal declared him contumacious, and ultimately endeavoured to suspend him. Failing to effect its
purpose, owing to the secession of his supporters, it elected a rival pope, Felix V., who was, however, but
scantily recognised. The Emperor Frederick III. supported Eugenius, and the council gradually melted away. At
length, in 1449, the pope died, Felix resigned, and Nicholas V. was recognised by the whole Church. The decrees of
the council were directed against the immorality of the clergy, the indecorousness of certain festivals, the papal
prerogatives and exactions, and dealt with the election of popes and the procedure of the College of Cardinals.
They were all confirmed by Nicholas V., but are not recognised by modern Roman canonists.
BA`SHAN, a fertile and pastoral district in NE. Palestine of considerable extent, and at one time densely
peopled; the men of it were remarkable for their stature.
BASHAHR, a native hill state in the Punjab, traversed by the Sutlej; tributary to the British Government.
BASHI-BAZOUKS`, irregular, undisciplined troops in the pay of the Sultan; rendered themselves odious by their
brutality in the Bulgarian atrocities of 1876, as well as, more or less, in the time of the Crimean war.
BASHKIRS, originally a Finnish nomad race (and still so to some extent) of E. Russia, professing Mohammedanism;
they number some 500,000.
BASHKIRTSEFF, MARIE, a precocious Russian young lady of good family, but of delicate constitution, who travelled
a good deal with her mother, noted her impressions, and left a journal of her life, which created, when published
after her death, an immense sensation from the confessions it contains (1860-1884).
BASIL, ST., THE GREAT, bishop of Caesarea, in Cappadocia, his birthplace; studied at Athens; had Julian the
Apostate for a fellow-student; the lifelong friend of Gregory Nazianzen; founded a monastic body, whose rules are
followed by different monastic communities; a conspicuous opponent of the Arian heresy, and defender of the Nicene
Creed; tried in vain to unite the Churches of the East and West; is represented in Christian art in Greek
pontificals, bareheaded, and with an emaciated appearance (326-380). There were several Basils of eminence in the
history of the Church: Basil, bishop of Ancyra, who flourished in the 4th century; Basil, the mystic, and Basil,
the friend of St. Ambrose.
BASIL I., the Macedonian, emperor of the East; though he had raised himself to the throne by a succession of
crimes, governed wisely; compiled, along with his son Leo, surnamed the Philosopher, a code of laws that were in
force till the fall of the empire; fought successfully against the Saracens; _d_. 886.
BASILICA, the code of laws, in 60 books, compiled by Basil I., and Leo, his son and successor, first published
in 887, and named after the former.
BASILICA, a spacious hall, twice as long as broad, for public business and the administration of justice,
originally open to the sky, but eventually covered in, and with the judge's bench at the end opposite the entrance,
in a circular apse added to it. They were first erected by the Romans, 180 B.C.; afterwards, on the adoption of
Christianity, they were converted into churches, the altar being in the apse.
BASILICON DORON (i. e. Royal Gift), a work written by James I. in 1599, before the union of the crowns, for the
instruction of his son, Prince Henry, containing a defence of the royal prerogative.
BASILI`DES, a Gnostic of Alexandria, flourished at the commencement of the 2nd century; appears to have taught
the Oriental theory of emanations, to have construed the universe as made up of a series of worlds, some 365 it is
alleged, each a degree lower than the preceding, till we come to our own world, the lowest and farthest off from
the parent source of the series, of which the God of the Jews was the ruler, and to have regarded Jesus as sent
into it direct from the parent source to redeem it from the materialism to which the God of the Jews, as Creator
and Lord of the material universe, had subjected it; which teaching a sect called after his name accepted and
propagated in both the East and the West for more than two centuries afterwards.
BAS`ILISK, an animal fabled to have been hatched by a toad from the egg of an old cock, before whose breath
every living thing withered and died, and the glance of whose eye so bewitched one to his ruin that the bravest
could confront and overcome it only by looking at the reflection of it in a mirror, as PERSEUS (q. v.) was advised
to do, and did, when he cut off the head of the Medusa; seeing itself in a mirror, it burst, it as said, at the
BASKERVILLE, JOHN, a printer and typefounder, originally a writing-master in Birmingham; native of Sion Hill,
Worcestershire; produced editions of classical works prized for their pre-eminent beauty by connoisseurs in the art
of the printer, and all the more for their rarity (1706-1756).
BASNAGES, JACQUES, a celebrated Protestant divine, born at Rouen; distinguished as a linguist and man of
affairs; wrote a "History of the Reformed Churches" and on "Jewish Antiquities" (1653-1723).
BASOCHE, a corporation of lawyers' clerks in Paris. See BAZOCHE.
BASQUE PROVINCES, a fertile and mineral district in N. of Spain, embracing the three provinces of Biscaya,
Guipuzcoa, and Alava, of which the chief towns are respectively Bilbao, St. Sebastian, and Vittoria; the natives
differ considerably from the rest of the Spaniards in race, language, and customs. See BASQUES.
BASQUE ROADS, an anchorage between the Isle of Oleron and the mainland; famous for a naval victory gained in
1809 over a French fleet under Vice-Admiral Allemand.
BASQUES, a people of the Western Pyrenees, partly in France and partly in Spain; distinguished from their
neighbours only by their speech, which is non-Aryan; a superstitious people, conservative, irascible, ardent,
proud, serious in their religious convictions, and pure in their moral conduct.
BAS-RELIEF (i. e. low relief) a term applied to figures very slightly projected from the ground.
BASS ROCK, a steep basaltic rock at the mouth of the Firth of Forth, 350 ft. high, tenanted by solan geese; once
used as a prison, specially in Covenanting times.
BASS STRAIT, strait between Australia and Tasmania, about 150 m. broad.
BASSANIO, the lover of Portia in the "Merchant of Venice."
BASSANO, a town in Italy, on the Brenta, 30 m. NW. of Padua; printing the chief industry.
BASSANO, DUC DE, an intriguing French diplomatist in the interest of Bonaparte, and his steadfast auxiliary to
the last (1763-1839).
BASSANO, JACOPO DA PONTE, an eminent Italian painter, chiefly of country scenes, though the "Nativity" at his
native town, Bassano, shows his ability in the treatment of higher themes (1510-1592).
BASSOMPIERRE, FRANCOIS DE, a marshal of France, born in Lorraine; entered military life under Henry IV., was a
gallant soldier, and one of the most brilliant wits of his time; took part in the siege of Rochelle; incurred the
displeasure of Richelieu; was imprisoned by his order twelve years in the Bastille; wrote his Memoirs there; was
liberated on the death of Richelieu; his Memoirs contain a lively description of his contemporaries, the manners of
the time, his own intrigues, no less than those of his friends and enemies (1579-1646).
BASSORAH (40), a port in Asiatic Turkey, on the Shatt-el-Arab; a place of great commercial importance when
Bagdad was the seat of the caliphate; for a time sank into insignificance, but has of late revived.
BASTI`A (22), a town in NE. Corsica, the most commercial in the island, and once the capital; was founded by the
Genoese in 1383, and taken by the French in 1553; exports wine, oil, fruits, &c.
BASTIAN, ADOLF, an eminent ethnologist, born at Bremen; travelled over and surveyed, in the interest of his
science, all quarters of the globe, and recorded the fruits of his survey in his numerous works, no fewer than
thirty in number, beginning with "Der Mensch in der Geschichte," in three vols.; conducts, along with Virchow and
R. Hartman, the _Zeitschrift fuer Ethnologie_; _b_. 1826.
BASTIAN, DR. H. C., a physiologist, born at Truro; a materialist in his theory of life; a zealous advocate of
the doctrine of spontaneous generation; _b_. 1837.
BASTIAT, FREDERIC, an eminent political economist, born at Bayonne; a disciple of Cobden's; a great advocate of
Free Trade; wrote on behalf of it and against Protection, "Sophismes Economiques"; a zealous Anti-Socialist, and
wrote against Socialism (1801-1850).
BASTIDE, JULES, French Radical writer, born in Paris; took part in the Revolution of 1848, and became Minister
of Foreign Affairs (1800-1879).
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's "French Revolution" for the description of the
fall of it.
BASUTOLAND (250), a fertile, healthy, grain-growing territory in S. Africa, SE. of the Orange Free State, under
protection of the British crown, of the size of Belgium; yields large quantities of maize; the natives keep large
herds of cattle.
BASUTOS, a S. African race of the same stock as the Kaffirs, but superior to them in intelligence and
BATANGAS, a port in the island of Luzon, one of the Philippine Islands, which has a considerable trade.
BATAVIA (105), the capital of Java, on the N. coast, and of the Dutch possessions in the Eastern Archipelago;
the emporium, with a large trade, of the Far East; with a very mixed population. Also the ancient name of Holland;
_insula Batavorum_ it was called--that is, island of the Batavi, the name of the native tribes inhabiting it.
BATES, HENRY WALTER, a naturalist and traveller, born at Leicester; friend of, and a fellow-labourer with,
Alfred R. Wallace; author of "The Naturalist on the Amazons"; an advocate of the Darwinian theory, and author of
contributions in defence of it (1825-1892).
BATH (54), the largest town in Somerset, on the Avon; a cathedral city; a place of fashionable resort from the
time of the Romans, on account of its hot baths and mineral waters, of which there are six springs; it was from
1704 to 1750 the scene of Beau Nash's triumphs; has a number of educational and other institutions, and a fine
BATH, MAJOR, a gentleman in Fielding's "Amelia," who stoops from his dignity to the most menial duties when
affection prompts him.
BATH, ORDER OF THE, an English order of knighthood, traceable to the reign of Henry IV., consisting of three
classes: the first, Knights Grand Cross; the second, Knights Commanders, and the third, Knights Companions,
abbreviated respectively into G.C.B., K.C.B., and C.B.; initiation into the order originally preceded by immersion
in a bath, whence the name, in token of the purity required of the members by the laws of chivalry. It was
originally a military order, and it is only since 1847 that civil Knights, Knights Commanders, and Companions have
been admitted as Knights. The first class, exclusive of royal personages and foreigners, is limited to 102 military
and 28 civil; the second, to 102 military and 50 civil; and the third, to 525 military and 200 civil. The motto of
the order is _Tria juncta in uno_ (Three united in one); and Henry VI.'s chapel at Westminster is the chapel of the
order, with the plates of the Knights on their stalls, and their banners suspended over them.
BATHGATE (5), largest town in Linlithgowshire; a mining centre; the birthplace of Sir J. Simpson, who was the
son of a baker in the place.
BATHILDA, ST., queen of France, wife of Clovis II., who governed France during the minority of her sons, Clovis
III., Childeric II., and Thierry; died 680, in the monastery of Chelles.
BATH`ORI, ELIZABETH, a Polish princess, a woman of infamous memory, caused some 650 young girls to be put to
death, in order, by bathing in their blood, to renew her beauty; immersed in a fortress for life on the discovery
of the crime, while her accomplices were burnt alive; _d_. 1614.
BATHOS, an anti-climax, being a sudden descent from the sublime to the commonplace.
BATH`URST (8), the capital of British Gambia, at the mouth of the river Gambia, in Western Africa; inhabited
chiefly by negroes; exports palm-oil, ivory, gold dust, &c.
BATHURST (10), the principal town on the western slopes of New South Wales, second to Sydney, with gold mines in
the neighbourhood, and in a fertile wheat-growing district.
BATHURST, a district in Upper Canada, on the Ottawa, a thriving place and an agricultural centre.
BATHYB`IUS, (i. e. living matter in the deep), substance of a slimy nature found at great sea depth,
over-hastily presumed to be organic, proved by recent investigation to be inorganic, and of no avail to the
BATLEY (28), a manufacturing town in the W. Riding of Yorkshire, 8 m. SW. of Leeds; a busy place.
BATN-EL-HAJAR, a stony tract in the Nubian Desert, near the third cataract of the Nile.
BATON-ROUGE (10), a city on the E. bank of the Mississippi, 130 m. above New Orleans, and capital of the state
of Louisiana; originally a French settlement.
BATON-SINISTER, a bend-sinister like a marshal's baton, an indication of illegitimacy.
BATOUM` (10), a town in Transcaucasia, on the E. of the Black Sea; a place of some antiquity; recently ceded by
Turkey to Russia, but only as a mere trading port; has an excellent harbour, and has improved under Russian
BATRACHOMYOMACHIA, a mock-heroic poem, "The Battle of the Frogs and Mice," falsely ascribed to Homer.
BATTAS, a Malay race, native to Sumatra, now much reduced in numbers, and driven into the interior.
BATTERSEA, a suburb of London, on the Surrey side of the Thames, opposite Chelsea, and connected with it by a
bridge; with a park 185 acres in extent; of plain and recent growth; till lately a quite rural spot.
BATTHYA`NI, COUNT, an Hungarian patriot, who fought hard to see his country reinstated in its ancient
administrative independence, but failed in his efforts; was arrested, tried for high treason by court-martial, and
sentenced to be shot, to the horror, at the time, of the civilised world (1809-1849).
BATTLE, a market-town in Sussex, near Hastings, so called from the battle of Senlac, in which William the
Conqueror defeated Harold in 1066.
BATTLE OF THE SPURS, (_a_) an engagement at Courtrai in 1302 where the burghers of the town beat the knighthood
of France, and the spurs of 4000 knights were collected after the battle; (_b_) an engagement at Guinegate, 1513,
in which Henry VIII. made the French forces take to their spurs; OF THE BARRIERS (see BARRIERS); OF THE BOOKS, a
satire by Swift on a literary controversy of the time; OF THE STANDARD, a battle in 1138, in which the English,
with a high-mounted crucifix for a standard, beat the Scots at Northallerton.
BATTUE, method of killing game after crowding them by cries and beating them towards the sportsmen.
BAUCIS. See PHILEMON.
BAUDELAIRE, CHARLES, French poet of the romantic school, born in Paris; distinguished among his contemporaries
for his originality, and his influence on others of his class; was a charming writer of prose as well as verse, as
his "Petits Poemes" in prose bear witness. Victor Hugo once congratulated him on having "created a new shudder";
and as has been said, "this side of his genius attracted most popular attention, which, however, is but one side,
and not really the most remarkable, of a singular combination of morbid but delicate analysis and reproduction of
the remotest phases and moods of human thought and passion" (1821-1867).
BAUDRICOURT, a French courtier whom Joan of Arc pressed to conduct her into the presence of Charles VII.
BAUDRY, PAUL, French painter, decorated the _foyer_ of the Grand Opera in Paris; is best known as the author of
the "Punishment of a Vestal Virgin" and the "Assassination of Marat" (1828-1886).
BAUER, BRUNO, a daring Biblical critic, and violent polemic on political as well as theological subjects; born
at Saxe-Altenburg; regarded the Christian religion as overlaid and obscured by accretions foreign to it; denied the
historical truth of the Gospels, and, like a true disciple of Hegel, ascribed the troubles of the 19th century to
the overmastering influence of the "ENLIGHTENMENT" or the "AUFKLAeRUNG" (q. v.) that characterised the 18th. His
last work was entitled "Disraeli's Romantic and Bismarck's Socialistic Imperialism" (1809-1882).
BAUMGARTEN, ALEXANDER GOTTLIEB, professor of Philosophy at Frankfort-on-the-Oder; disciple of Wolf; born at
Berlin; the founder of AEsthetics as a department of philosophy, and inventor of the name (1714-1762).
BAUMGARTEN-CRUSIUS, a German theologian of the school of Schleiermacher; professor of Theology at Jena; born at
Merseburg; an authority on the history of dogma, on which he wrote (1788-1843).
BAUR, FERDINAND CHRISTIAN, head of the Tuebingen school of rationalist divines, born near Stuttgart;
distinguished by his scholarship and his labours in Biblical criticism and dogmatic theology; his dogmatic
treatises were on the Christian Gnosis, the Atonement, the Trinity, and the Incarnation, while his Biblical were on
certain epistles of Paul and the canonical Gospels, which he regarded as the product of the 2nd century; regarded
Christianity of the Church as Judaic in its origin, and Paul as distinctively the first apostle of pure
BAUSSET, cardinal, born at Pondicherry, who wrote the Lives of Bossuet and Fenelon (1748-1824).
BAUTZEN, a town of Saxony, an old town on the Spree, where Napoleon defeated the Prussians and Russians in 1813;
manufactures cotton, linen, wool, tobacco, paper, etc.
BAVARIA (5,590), next to Prussia the largest of the German States, about the size of Scotland; is separated by
mountain ranges from Bohemia on the E. and the Tyrol on the S.; Wuertemburg lies on the W., Prussia, Meiningen, and
Saxony on the N. The country is a tableland crossed by mountains and lies chiefly in the basin of the Danube. It is
a busy agricultural state: half the soil is tilled; the other half is under grass, planted with vineyards and
forests. Salt, coal, and iron are widely distributed and wrought. The chief manufactures are of beer, coarse linen,
and woollen fabrics. There are universities at Muenich, Wuerzburg, and Erlangen. Muenich, on the Isar, is the
capital; Nueremberg, where watches were invented, and Angsburg, a banking centre, the other chief towns. Formerly a
dukedom, the palatinate, on the banks of the Rhine, was added to it in 1216. Napoleon I. raised the duke to the
title of king in 1805. Bavaria fought on the side of Austria in 1866, but joined Prussia in 1870-71.
BAVIE`CA, the famous steed of the Cid, held sacred after the hero's death.
BAVOU, ST., a soldier monk, the patron saint of Ghent.
BAXTER, RICHARD, an eminent Nonconformist divine, native of Shropshire, at first a conformist, and parish
minister of Kidderminster for 19 years; sympathised with the Puritans, yet stopped short of going the full length
with them; acted as chaplain to one of their regiments, and returned to Kidderminster; became, at the Restoration
one of the king's chaplains; driven out of the Church by the Act of Uniformity, was thrown into prison at 70, let
out, spent the rest of his days in peace; his popular works, "The Saint's Everlasting Rest," and his "Call to the
BAY CITY (27), place of trade, and of importance as a great railway centre in Michigan, U.S.; the third city in
BAYADERE, a dancing-girl in India, dressed in loose Eastern costume.
BAYARD, a horse of remarkable swiftness belonging to the four sons of Aymon, and which they sometimes rode all
at once; also a horse of Amadis de Gaul.
BAYARD, CHEVALIER DE, an illustrious French knight, born in the Chateau Bayard, near Grenoble; covered himself
with glory in the wars of Charles VIII., Louis XII., and Francis I.; his bravery and generosity commanded the
admiration of his enemies, and procured for him the thrice-honourable cognomen of "The Knight _sans peur et sans
reproche_"; one of his most brilliant feats was his defence, single-handed, of the bridge over the Garigliano, in
the face of a large body of Spaniards; was mortally wounded defending a pass at Abblategrasso; fell with his face
to the foe, who carried off his body, but restored it straightway afterwards for due burial by his friends
BAYEUX (7), an ancient Norman city in the dep. of Calvados, France; manufactures lace, hosiery, &c.; is a
bishop's seat; has a very old Gothic cathedral.
BAYEUX TAPESTRY, representations in tapestry of events connected with the Norman invasion of England, commencing
with Harold's visit to the Norman court, and ending with his death at the battle of Hastings; still preserved in
the public library of Bayeux; is so called because originally found there; it is 214 ft. long by 20 in. wide,
divided into 72 scenes, and contains a variety of figures. It is a question whose work it was.
BAYLE, PIERRE, a native of Languedoc; first Protestant (as the son of a Calvinist minister), then Catholic, then
sceptic; Professor of Philosophy at Padua, then at Rotterdam, and finally retired to the Boompjes in the latter
city; known chiefly as the author of the famous _Dictionnaire Historique et Critique_, to the composition of which
he consecrated his energies with a zeal worthy of a religious devotee, and which became the fountain-head of the
sceptical philosophy that flooded France on the eve of the Revolution; pronounced by a competent judge in these
matters, a mere "imbroglio of historical, philosophical, and anti-theological marine stores" (1647-1700).
BAYLEN, a town in the province of Jaen, Spain, where General Castanos defeated Dupont, and compelled him to sign
a capitulation, in 1808.
BAYLEY, SIR JOHN, a learned English judge; author of a standard work "On the Law of Bills of Exchange"; _d_.
BAYONNE (24), a fortified French town, trading and manufacturing, in the dep. of Basses-Pyrenees, at the
confluence of the Adour and Nive, 4 m. from the Bay of Biscay; noted for its strong citadel, constructed by Vauban,
and one of his _chef-d'oeuvres_, and its 12th-century cathedral church; it belonged to the English from 1152 to
BAZAINE, FRANCOIS ACHILLE, a marshal of France, born at Versailles; distinguished himself in Algiers, the
Crimea, and Mexico; did good service, as commander of the army of the Rhine, in the Franco-German war, but after
the surrender at Sedan was shut up in Metz, surrounded by the Germans, and obliged to surrender, with all his
generals, officers, and men; was tried by court-martial, and condemned to death, but was imprisoned instead; made
good his escape one evening to Madrid, where he lived to write a justification of his conduct, the sale of the book
being prohibited in France (1811-1888).
BAZARD, SAINT-AMAND, a French socialist, founder of the _Charbonnerie Francaise_; a zealous but unsuccessful
propagator of St. Simonianism, in association with ENFANTIN (q. v.), from whom he at last separated
BAZOCHE, a guild of clerks of the parliament of Paris, under a mock king, with the privilege of performing
religious plays, which they abused.