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Lord Byron

English poet and leading figure in the European Romantic Movement whose life was full of affairs and scandals (1788-1824). He was involved in revolutionary struggles in Italy and Greece.

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  • Acropolis Lived in Athens in 1810. Opposed Lord Elgin's removal of the Parthenon Marbles and wrote "The Curse of Minerva" to denounce Elgin's actions. Link
  • Longobards in Italy Tempietto del Clitunno: described by Byron in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (nom file + ita wiki)
  • Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands Byron's cave. As a plaque there reminds us, "this grotto was the inspiration of Lord Byron. It records the immortal poet who as a daring swimmer defied the waves of the sea from Portovenere to Lerici" in 1822.
  • Venice and its Lagoon Lengthy visits in 1816 and 1818 writing several poems about the city. Learned Armenian at the monastery on San Lazzaro degli Armeni.
  • Westminster Took his seat in House of Lords in 1811 - defended the Luddites and opposed the established church. Died in Athens (suburb now called "Vyron") but his embalmed body was refused burial at "Poets' Corner" in Westminster Abbey for reasons of "questionable morality". He eventually got a memorial there in 1969!

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