George Gordon (Lord) Byron
A life of action and scandal, of alternative lionisation and ostracism, was Byron’s lot. According to Shelley, everything Byron did was ‘influenced by his personal defect’, the club foot, with which he was born. Thus he sought to excel in manly actions and hold his own with the most physically active. While on his foreign tour of 1809–11, he swam the Hellespont.
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