As much as I adore the poetry, letters and "scribblings" of Lord Byron and remain intrigued by his unique and fascinating life; I also believe that his image as the original Regency "bad boy" has been complimented by the scandal that surrounded his marriage of a mere 54 weeks to Annabella Milbanke on January 2 1815 at her family home in Seaham Hall in County Durham and which precipitated his journey into exile from their London home at 13 Piccadilly Terrace in April 1816.
Although Byron's reputation has been rehabilitated since his death in April 1824, the story of his estranged spouse has frequently been degenerated in return and it was with this in mind that I began a 'Lady Byron Blog' in 2012 as an attempt to 'even' the balance of opinion as it were.
'I hope to leave this world without having said a word that could damage anybody, and so I must let people say what they will of me'
Ann Isabella Lady Noel Byron
The Lady and the Poet is the story of the life of Byron's 'Bell' Milbanke that I hope will offer an interesting and spirited insight into the life of remarkable and much maligned woman who became the wife of one of history's most famous and scandalous Poets...