The patriarch of Ferney. Voltaire; so called because he retired
to Ferney, a small sequestered village near Geneva, from which obscure
retreat he poured forth his invectives against the French Government,
the Church, nobles, nuns, priests, and indeed all classes.
“There are in Paris five or six statues of the patriarch of Ferney.” —The Times.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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