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Valentine’s Day: hits and misses

Romantic advice from Lord Byron, Queen Victoria, and Christopher Isherwood

By Ian Irvine   February 2015

Christopher Isherwood poses for his partner, artist Don Bachardy, 1980s. © Rex/Zeitgeist films/Courtesy Everett Collection

1st August 1819, Lord Byron in Venice describes an incident with his mistress, Margarita Cogni:

“Going to the Lido with my gondoliers, we were overtaken by a heavy squall, and the gondola put in peril, hats blown away, boat filling, oar lost, tumbling sea, thunder, rain in torrents, and wind unceasing. On our return… I found her on the steps…

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