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Byron in GenevaThat Summer of 1816$
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David Ellis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316432

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317163

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Byron in Geneva
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On September 19, 1816, Lord Byron and John Cam Hobhouse embarked on a journey to what was new territory for both of them. Using a popular guide book for travellers in Switzerland by Johann Gottfried Ebel, they followed a route that roughly corresponds to what is tour number 33 in Ebel. The two men gave day–to–day accounts of it, Byron in a long letter he wrote to his half–sister Augusta Leigh in diary form and Hobhouse in his diary. Accompanied by the servant Berger and a local guide, they braved the mountainous country behind Montreux on horseback, climbing steeply through the villages of Chernex and Les Avants before reaching the col de Jarman. The mountain chain is dominated by the Jungfrau. The breath–taking scenery in and around Lauterbrunnen inspired Byron to set the rest of his poetic drama Manfred in this mountainous region.

Keywords:   Lord Byron, John Cam Hobhouse, Ebel, Manfred, Lauterbrunnen, Jungfrau, Switzerland, col de Jarman, mountain chain, Les Avants

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