Bruys, Frpangois a French writer, was born at Serrieres, in the Maconnois district, February 7, 1708. He received his education among the monks of Cluny and the fathers of the Oratory of Notre-Dame-de-Grace-en-Forez. In 1727 he went to Geneva, and in the following year to the Hague, where he became a Protestant. In 1736 he returned to Paris, and having, in its turn, abjured Calvinism, he returned to his paternal faith, and died at Dijon, May 20, 1738. He wrote a Histoire des Papes (Hague, 1732-34, 5 volumes, 4to). This work was written after he had become a Protestant, and is not thought well of by writers of either communion. See Biog. Universelle, s.v.; Landon, Eccles. Dict. s.v.