Thursday, December 01, 2005
Darcy and Byron
Thanks to Stephen for his comment about Darcy's open-necked look being made popular by Byron, although, as Stephen points out, this was some years after the scene in Pride and Prejudice - and Byron appears to be wearing a little more in the waistcoat department.
We should perhaps think ourselves fortunate that Darcy didn't end up with a turban!
And talking of Byron . . .
Was he the archetypal romantic hero, or Mad, bad and dangerous to know?
Born in 1788, he inherited his title from a great uncle when he was 10 years old. Along with his title, he inherited the beautiful Newstead Abbey.
He led a life of dissipation at Cambridge before setting out on the Grand Tour. He left England for good in 1816, driven abroad by scandalous love affairs and financial difficulties. He died helping the Greeks to win their independence.
Byron is probably most famous for Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812).