Bastille Day celebrated every year on July 14th, marks storming of the prison that housed those who spoke against the Monarchy in 1789. Known as the Writer’s Prison, the Bastille was the home of Voltaire for a while and also the infamous Marquis de Sade (who was also a writer). Others included François de La Rochefoucauld, Rene Auguste Constantin de Renneville, and Louis Pierre Manuel. The famous French prison also made a good fictional setting for The Man In The Iron Mask by Alexander Dumas and Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. There’s an interesting article by Nancy Mattoon at http://www.berfrois.com/2010/12/the-writers-prison.