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Ferdinand De Geramb, baron, a French Trap-pist. born in Lyons, April 17,1772, died in Rome, March 15, 1848. He was educated in Vienna, and served against the French in the Austrian, Spanish, and English armies. He was of a violent temper, and fought several duels. In 1812 he was in London, and his creditors sought to have him arrested, but he barricaded his dwelling, hung out a flag inscribed " My house is my castle," and resisted for a fortnight the sheriff and his deputies. He was afterward sent to the continent, where he fell into the hands of Napoleon, by whose orders he was imprisoned in Vincennes and afterward in La Force. In the latter prison he met the bishop of Troyes, and thenceforward he consecrated his life to religion, joining the Trappist order some time after his release (1815). He took the vows in 1817 at the monastery of Port du Salut near Laval, and distinguished himself so greatly by his piety that he was appointed procurator general of the order. In 1831 he made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and in 1837 went to Rome. His Pelerinage a Jerusalem et an mont Sinai en 1831-'33 (4 vols., Paris, 1836) has been translated into foreign languages, and passed, like his Voyage de la Trappe a Borne (1838), and other works, through many editions.