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Excess and incest were meat and drink to the Byrons

Excess, incest and marital misery were in the blood. Frances Wilson uncovers several generations of infamous Byrons

11 April 2020

9:00 AM

11 April 2020

9:00 AM

The Fall of the House of Byron: Scandal and Seduction in Georgian England Emily Brand

John Murray, pp.352, 25

‘Some curse hangs over me and mine,’ wrote Lord Byron, and thanks to Emily Brand, who is a genealogist, it is now possible to see why Byron was so darned Byronic: excess, incest and marital misery flowed in the bloodstream. The gloom that looked like a Regency pose was entirely pre-programmed; George Gordon Byron’s script was handed to him at birth.

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