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Transcript of Lord Byron
(1788-1824) son of Captain John Byron, and Catherine Gordon He was born with a club-foot and was very sensative about his lameness. spent his early childhood years in poor surroundings in Aberdeen, where he was educated until he was ten he inherited the title and property of his great-uncle in 1798, he went on to trinity, Dulwich, Harrow, and Cambride There he piled up debts and aroused alarm with bisexual love affairs in 1802, he first met his half-sister, Augusta Leigh with whom he was later suspected of having an incestuous relationship. He became an adored character of London society; he spoke in the House of Lords effectively on liberal themes, and had a hectic love-affair with Lady Caroline Lamb. He married Anne Isabella Milbanke in 1815, and their daughter Ada was born in the same year. The marriage was unhappy, and they obtained legal separation next year. When the rumors started to rise of his incest and debts were accumulating, Byron left England in 1816, never to return. Over the next few years, he traveled to Geneva, and many parts of Italy writing pieces like don juan and Childe Harold After a long creative period, Byron had come to feel that action was more important than poetry. He armed a brig, the Hercules, and sailed to Greece to aid the Greeks, who had risen against their Ottoman overlords However, before he saw any serious military action, Byron contracted a fever from which he died Byron's body was returned to England but refused by the deans of both Westminster and St Paul's. Finally Byron's coffin was placed in the family vault at Hucknall Torkard, near Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire. From then on, the theme of incest was to figure prominently in his writings, starting with the epic tales that he published between 1812 and 1816 He is credited as the creator of the byronic hero which contains the following characteristics: a strong sense of arrogance
high level of intelligence and perception
cunning and able to adapt
suffering from an unnamed crime
a troubled past
sophisticated and educated
self-critical and introspective
mysterious, magnetic and charismatic
struggling with integrity
power of seduction and sexual attraction
social and sexual dominance
emotional conflicts, bipolar tendencies, or moodiness
a distaste for social institutions and norms
being an exile, an outcast, or an outlaw
"dark" attributes not normally associated with a hero
disrespect of rank and privilege
self-destructive behaviour While at Trinity, Byron met and formed a close friendship with the younger John Edleston. In later years he described the affair as 'a violent, though pure love and passion'. This however has to be read in the context of hardening public attitudes to homosexuality in England, and the severe public punishments (hanging) against convicted or even suspected offenders