The Real Lord Byron; New Views of the Poet's Life, Specially Revised for the Tauchnitz Series Volume 3

The Real Lord Byron; New Views of the Poet's Life, Specially Revised for the Tauchnitz Series Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...services to the victims of oppression proceeded from enthusiastic and The Real Lord Byron. 111. I0 absolutely disinterested devotion to Freedom', than with those royal Pretenders who in fighting for a crown have-been animated by selfish as well as philanthropic motives. There is another reason for rating him with the nobler candidates for dynastic eminence, rather than with the sublimely unselfish Liberators to whom he was likened by his fervid eulogists in the times following closely on his death. For if he did not embark at Genoa with a hope that the expedition, on which he started with scanty information and indefinite views, would make him the sovereign of Free Greece, it is certain that either during the passage from Leghorn to Cephalonia, or at the latest soon after his arrival at Argostoli, the hope had a place in his view of the possible consequences of the revolution. Reference has been already made to the two Greeks who joined the party on board the "Hercules" at Leghorn--Prince Shilizzi, suspected of being a Russian spy, and Captain Vitaili, of whom it was rumoured that he was a spy in the service of the Porte. On learning the rumours respecting his guests for the passage to the Ionian Islands, Byron remarked lightly, "And a fair sample too of the ancient as well as the modern, if Mitford is to be believed." By these two Greeks, whose dubious fame caused him so little concern, Byron was assured that most of the Greeks favoured monarchical government; and it is probable that the poet was indebted to their wily lips for his first pleasant fancy that the people, so wishful for a king, might invite him to be their sovereign--that he might exchange his coronet for a crown, and through Ada become the...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236847210
  • 9781236847218