The great English poet, George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) was a free and troubled spirit who, in the spring of 1819, in the Venice salon of the Countess Benzoni, became acquainted with Teresa Gamba, a young scion of a patrician family from Ravenna. Teresa was 19 years old and had been married off to Count Alessandro Guiccioli, more than 40 years her senior, also from Ravenna. A most beautiful love affair started between Lord Byron and Teresa Guiccioli …
To read the verses of Francesca da Rimini (Hell, V, 97-142) translated into English by George Byron, click here.
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