The Summer That Never Was

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It was a dark and stormy night during the summer that never was.  It is June in the year 1816 and a group of five English free-thinkers gathered together at the Villa Diodati on the edge of a storm lashed Lake Geneva.  Confined inside in front of a fire in the library were Lord Byron, Percy Shelly, Mary Shelly, Claire Clairmont and Dr. John Polidori.

All those present were on holiday and visiting Lord Byron at his interim home during his self-imposed exile from England.  A voluntary expulsion, I believe, initiated from a scandalous incident involving his unfortunate wife.

Unknown to them, on the other side of the world in Indonesia, Mt.Tambora had erupted with such fury, that it created a blanket of ash over the Earth so dense that sunspots could be seen with the naked eye.

This is to when I am headed…

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One comment on “The Summer That Never Was

  1. […] Byron and his guests spent the stormy evening in the Villa Diodati’s library immersed in conversation and the talk was of metaphysics and […]

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