Lunchtime Lecture: Byron and Napoleon

Antony Peattie

18th July, National Portrait Gallery 1.15 pm

At a time when Britain was threatened by invasion, Byron persisted in admiring the enemy, Napoleon Bonaparte. His passion began when he was a schoolboy and lasted all his life.

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Biographer (and Byron Society Member) Antony Peattie looks at the private as well as the public context in order to understand the phenomenon and explores its consequences for Byron’s life, work and death. ‘Diabolism’ (Byron’s word) manifested the principal common ground between the two men, heroism inspired by Milton’s Satan.  Another feature was mental strength, which for Byron justified his cult of starvation, now recognized as an eating disorder, Anorexia Heroica. Antony will be signing copies of his new book The Private Life of Lord Byron in the Gallery’s Bookshop after the talk.


For more details of the talk visit the National Portrait Gallery Website.

To book tickets, click here. Our members can use the concessionary rate of £3 per ticket, by using the code: BYRON2019.