Byron-Venice: An English Mi'lord in Europe & Italy Paperback – 2016
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The second edition of this popular, interesting account of Lord Byron's flight from England and his travels through Europe after Waterloo, when European travel was possible again after the Napoleonic wars. The account of his life and loves in Venice and subsequently for the time he spent in Italy
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Byron knew how to travel, in a ‘commodious travelling carriage – designed in imitation of the one which had belonged to his hero Napoleon.’ In that carriage were: his page, his valet, his private physician, two friends, and his Bed! Amison’s narrative is the story of the Milord’s journey and stay in Venice, imbedded in a fascinating amount of detail covering his philandering, literature, history and politics. One of his mistresses confronts another with the words: ‘you are not his wife: I am not his wife – you are his Donna – and I am his Donna – your husband is a cuckold – and mine is another.’
But despite his dalliances with some two hundred women: his literary output is very large, including Don Juan; he rides his horses on the Lido; swims from the Lido to the Grand Canal and up it as far as the Canal of Santa Chiara, some four and a half miles. He says he enjoyed being: ‘studious in the day and dissolute in the evening.’
This is an engrossing book, covering much material that is not printed elsewhere.