The Secret

The Secret

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In the first weeks of 1816 Annabella Milbanke left her husband, Lord Byron, taking their month-old daughter with her. They had been married for fifty-four weeks. She never saw him again, and spent the rest of her life trying to destroy his reputation. No one knew what had happened, but everyone wanted to know. The paperback edition of this incredible true story about the strange marriage of Lord Byron and Annabella Milbanke. 'If Jane Austen were alive and working as an investigative reporter, she would write a book like The Secret.' - The Australian
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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 18mm | 220g
  • Potts Point, Australia
  • 1875989951
  • 9781875989959

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28 ratings
3.5 out of 5 stars
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4 50% (14)
3 21% (6)
2 14% (4)
1 4% (1)

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The Secret is a non-fiction book by Australian author, Ashley Hay. It tells the story of the marriage of Lord Byron and Annabella Milbanke. Hay states she began by focusing on all of the women in Lord Byron's life, but later narrowed it down to concern Annabella and Byron themselves. She paints a picture of a marriage that happened for all the wrong reasons: Annabella wanted to save Byron's soul; Byron, the first time he proposed, wanted to extricate himself from an inconvenient and rather bothersome relationship with Caroline Lamb; the second time, he wanted to extricate himself from crippling debt. When the marriage broke down after a mere fifty-four weeks, Lady Byron set out to destroy his reputation, and the secret she told her lawyer (but which was never revealed) set the tongues of Regency England and wider Europe wagging. Hay describes their courtship in an age when letters were written daily and preserved; that they never really appreciated what the other expected is understandable when one reads the veiled language that was commonly used. Hay's meticulous research is apparent in every line. A very interesting more
by Marianne Vincent
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