Byron’s lover Caroline Lamb described him as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’, and she was not the only woman to discover his dark side. This book explores his relationships with women, including his long-suffering mother Catherine and his wife Annabella Milbanke, who endured both his violent abuse and the knowledge of his incestuous affair with his half-sister Augusta Leigh.
The Life and Times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
John Wilmot’s life was short in years but long on scandal. Best remembered as the author of some of the most explicit verse in the English language, he had, by the time he died of syphilis at 33, ‘swived more whores more ways than Sodom’s walls’. This comprehensive biography reveals another Rochester: a devoted if inconstant husband and father, a courageous naval officer, and a poet of deep intellectual curiosity.