Tempestuous, notorious, and scandalous, the poet Lord Byron by all accounts took after his equally formidable mother, Catherine Gordon. An heiress, Gordon fell for a gold-digger who died when their son, Byron, was three. Bryon’s reputation was built not only on his gorgeous Romantic poetry but on his torrid affairs. He had a tumultuous relationship with his mother, whom he said indulged him “sometimes with holidays and now and then with a box on the ear.”
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