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LGBT People Of History Part Eight Lord Byron
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron had various names throughout his life- he’s usually known as Lord Byron. He was born in 1788 and was one of the first major ‘celebrities’. He led what, at the time, was known as a scandalous life. He was a leading figure in the Romantic Movement. He was most well-known for his poetry including ‘When we two parted’ and ‘Don Juan’.
His life was very short and rife with scandal including debt, many love affairs, allegations of incest and exile. His early life in Cambridge was dominated by one love – for John Edleston and when this and other scandals came to the fore he left England. When Edleston died in 1811 Byron was devastated and wrote many elegies to his lover. Abroad, Byron became close to Nicolo Giraud, who must have been very important to him as he was the person named as his major beneficiary.
He had affairs with members of the opposite sex most notably with Lady Caroline Lamb who called him ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’. He was the father to a number of children.
Byron had a very close relationship with Percy Bysshe Shelley and his future wife, Mary Godwin. During a spell of appalling weather in Switzerland they, along with others told fantastical stories to each other. It is said that Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ resulted from this episode.
Thanks To Ian (alian346) for this one and wikipedia
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