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LGBT People Of History Part Eight Lord Byron

Updated on April 3, 2012
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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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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      We're getting good - nearly 10!!

      Ian.

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Were getting there Ian - who shall be our next victim???? lol :)

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      I like the snapshots of interesting historical people you offer up. Can you consider Oscar Wilde?

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thankyou Lizam1.

      He is the one after next!

      Ian.

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Hi Lizam1 - Dont worry Oscar is well on his way :)

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Nice, Calpol. I had no idea Lord Byron was a member of the LGBT community.

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