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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.