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Lord Byron and Mavrokordatos

Minta, S. (2006) Lord Byron and Mavrokordatos. Romanticism, 12 (2). pp. 126-142. ISSN 1354-991X

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Abstract

The Greek political leader Alexandros Mavrokordatos played a significant role in the final months of Byron's life. It was through him that Byron ultimately committed his energies to the Greek cause, through him that he sought to find a way through the tangle of Greek politics in the years 1823 and 1824. Byron's reputation as a political animal, ona spectrum that leads from irresponsible adventurism to heroic self-sacrifice, is intimately tied to the period when he and Mavrokordatos were drawn together in Mesolongi. The most recent biographyof Byron, by Fiona MacCarthy,1 largely perpetuates a traditional and relatively simple view of the final months of his life, a period rich in anecdote, but politically inconsequential, in which Byron apparently became ever more lost in confusion. The following article seeksto identify the lines along which a political assessment of those final months might be possible; coincidentally, it clarifies or corrects a number of traditionally-held positions in the biography of the poet.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > English and Related Literature (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2009 14:04
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2009 14:04
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/rom.2006.0014
Status: Published
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Identification Number: 10.1353/rom.2006.0014
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7488

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