Istory of Lord Byron

Lord Byron

George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) member of the House of Lords and considered the greatest English poet of the Romantics, came to Ravenna in 1819, irresistibly attracted to the ancient "city of sepulchres and silence", and especially from the irrepressible desire to meet the seventeen year-old Teresa Gamba, briefly encountered in Venice, wife to Count Guiccioli, ancient aristocrat of Ravenna.
An overpowering love, fueled by the couple's differences and intensely intertwined by their revolutionary political passion. Byron, in fact, in Ravenna joins the "Carbonari" sect, liberal republicans fighting for the Italy's independence, against the Pope and against the Austrian occupation. In Ravenna, Byron went on to live the two happiest years of his life, comforted by his relationship with Teresa, and constantly involved in secret reunions and conspiracies. His revolutionary passion took him to Missolungi next where, chased away from Ravenna, he went to fight the war of Greek independence.
On Google, one can find a splendid and very romantic image of Byron donning Albanian garb.


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