Did you know that Lord Byron…

Lord Byron
Lord Byron

… had a pet bear when he was studying at Cambridge because he wanted to protest against the university’s policy against keeping dogs. In fact, he loved animals and had quite a few during his lifetime, most notably monkeys, peacocks, a parrot, a fox and a crocodile.

Other fun facts about the author:

  • Despite having a lame foot, he had numerous affairs with both men and women. He even had an intimate relationship with his half-sister, Augusta.
  • Lord Byron traveled all over Europe, and he even fought in the Greek War of Independence.
  • His father left when the poet was young, and his mother was schizophrenic.
  • Lord Byron inherited his title when he was 10, after the death of a great-uncle.

Written by Cecile

Cécile Sune was born in Lyon, France, and her obsession with books started when she was 14. Her grandparents had lent her Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and she spent part of the summer indoors reading. Needless to say, her tan didn't really improve that year! It was also around that time that Cécile fell in love with the English language. Several years later, in 1999, Cécile moved to Toronto, Canada, with her cat and 5 suitcases. Her love of reading greatly increased when she discovered that English books were much cheaper than French novels. In 2013, she decided to start a blog to share her passion. Cécile now lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her husband and their daughter, and works as a freelance translator (CS Revision).


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