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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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Chillon, Clarens and Ouchy

Chillon, Clarens and Ouchy

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Byron in Geneva
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Before he died, Lord Byron made a request that his body should not be hacked or sent to England. Yet Byron suffered the same fate as John Polidori's unfortunate patient, Lord Guilford, who was shipped back to England from Italy in pieces. An exception was that the Greeks kept his lungs. When the rest of Byron's body arrived in England, his friend John Cam Hobhouse enquire about whether he could be buried in Westminster Abbey, to which the Abbey authorities responded favourably. Hobhouse also took care of the funeral arrangements. A funeral procession of carriages set out northwards from central London on July 12, 1824. Of the members of the group who stayed with Byron in Geneva in 1816 and were still alive at the time, only Scrope Berdmore Davies and Claire Clairmont did not attend his burial.

Keywords:   Lord Byron, funeral, burial, England, John Cam Hobhouse, Scrope Berdmore Davies, Claire Clairmont, Westminster Abbey

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