George Gordon Lord Byron
'Between Suliote chiefs, German barons, English volunteers
and adventurers of all nations, we are likely to form as goodly an allied army
as ever quarrelled beneath the same banner...'' - Missolonghi, 1824
NEARLY TWO CENTURIES AGO LORD BYRON GAVE HIS LIFE IN THE STRUGGLE
to wrest Greece from an oppressive occupying Caliphate – the Ottoman Empire.
Now on Amazon Prime,
the story of his final journey
With narration by Benjamin Zephaniah, songs by Brindaband,
and dialogues from contemporary accounts. A great story of courage and perseverence,
shot through with Byron's unique personality which threw out witticisms,
profundities and noble sentiments in equal measure. Watch here
from 'Courageous Heart: seven Byronic songs'
Byron's residence in Pisa, the Palazzo Lanfranchi (centre).
'I have got into a famous old feudal palazzo, on the Arno, with dungeons below and cells in the walls,
large enough for a garrison, and so full of Ghosts that the learned Fletcher (my valet) has begged leave to change his room,
and then refused to occupy his new room, because there were more ghosts there than in the other'. (Letter to John Murray 4.12.1821)
See also the essay 'Byron and Islam' for some reflections on the poet's relationship with Islam and Islamic culture.