Perhaps the poem ‘Don Leon’ FINALLY offers us a tantalising hint of what happened all those years ago?
Lady B’s desire to be ‘securely separated’ from her spouse was reaching an increasingly bitter, fraught and heart breaking conclusion.
In January 1816 having left her spouse Annabella returned to the protection of her parents.
By autumn 1815 and as the bailiff beckoned along with the sale of his precious library – he got drunk AND frequently!
The poet’s estranged spouse would spend the following years ensuring that the story of her marriage was shared by friend and foe alike.
Yes, February is the month for a profusion of chocolates, expensive red roses and some very dubious Valentine’s cards but oh, what a month of anticipation!