Byron and the Websters: The Letters and Entangled Lives of the Poet, Sir James Webster and Lady Frances Webster

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Arguably the most offensive, despised, and ridiculed dandy of the Regency period, Sir James Webster-Wedderburn would likely be forgotten were it not for an alleged affair between his wife and his close friend, the poet Lord Byron. This unique work lays out the details of this affair and provides commentary on rare private letters between Webster's wife, Lady Frances Caroline Annesley, and the famous poet. Also included are analyses and transcriptions of Lady Frances' letters to other alleged suitors, including ...
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Arguably the most offensive, despised, and ridiculed dandy of the Regency period, Sir James Webster-Wedderburn would likely be forgotten were it not for an alleged affair between his wife and his close friend, the poet Lord Byron. This unique work lays out the details of this affair and provides commentary on rare private letters between Webster's wife, Lady Frances Caroline Annesley, and the famous poet. Also included are analyses and transcriptions of Lady Frances' letters to other alleged suitors, including the Duke of Wellington and another Regency dandy, Scrope Davies.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786432400
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/14/2008
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

John Stewart, winner of numerous reference book awards, lives in West Jefferson, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
The '45     5
Childe Webster     7
Hussar     12
Lady Frances     18
Arms     21
Dandy     23
Vis a Vis     26
The Groom of Abydos     29
Aston Hall     33
Byron's Song     86
Vive l'Empereur     88
Master Shallow     90
Waterloo: Ball, Battle and Poem     94
Monument to a Dead Son     119
The Sucking Salamander     123
Nantes     131
The Duel     139
Sir James     152
Kiss Me, Hardy     153
Reconciliation     156
The Kidnapping     168
When We Two Parted     173
The Death of Byron     175
Baronet     176
Wedderburn vs. Wedderburn     180
The Robbing of Lady Frances     183
The Molesting of Lady Frances     186
The Death of Lady Frances     191
James's Death at Cooney's Tavern     194
Post Mortem     197
Bibliography     201
Index     203

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