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Byron was “astounded indeed”

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Byron was “astounded indeed”. He understood just how serious these allegations were in the repressive sexual climate of the day, becoming “dreadfully agitated” and threatening to blow his brains out. A few days later a panicky Augusta wrote to Lady Byron to let her know of “reports abroad of a nature too horrible to repeat… Every other sinks into nothing besides this MOST horrid one”. She quoted Byron as admitting, on the previous evening: “Even to have such a thing said is utter destruction & ruin to a man from which he can never recover.” In a postscript to her sister-in-law she added, “I think you will not misunderstand to what I allude.”

Suspicions of marital sodomy now entered the equation, evidently convincing to Byron’s former patron Lord Holland, who told Hobhouse that Byron had “tried to -” Lady Byron. The possibility of anal intercourse between the Byrons was to paralyse some of Byron’s best known 20th-century biographers. “I fear I cannot complete that sentence,” wrote Harold Nicolson in 1924, while in 1974 Doris Langley Moore ridiculed the idea that Annabella could ever have submitted “responsively to a perversion that was then a felony – and which would still, I fancy, repel any woman of delicacy”.

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