The Polite Tourist

When asked for her opinion about the famous Regency doyenne Lady Caroline Lamb- the actress Sarah Miles replied that Caro “was a woman born out of her time and was forced to suffer hugely because of it.”

As I too was born ‘out of my time’ – I have a fond heart for Regency history and it is no secret that I also have a passionate interest in the life of the poet Lord Byron.

However, as much as I adore Byron’s poetry and letters and remain intrigued by his unique and fascinating life – I also believe that his image as the original Regency ‘bad boy’ has been complimented by the scandal surrounding his brief marriage and which would precipitate his journey into exile.

The Ramblings of a Regency Recondite are the tales of one who has followed in the footsteps of Byron as he lived and loved.

From the cobbled streets of Aberdeen and the ruined majesty of Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire and to the elegant colonnade of Melbourne House in London until his departure from our shores in April 1816.

Although Caro Lamb is remembered for her glorious and difficult life – I confess that all I have suffered have been the windswept train stations, the occasional motorway queue, the inclement weather and the inability to read a map correctly!

Yet despite the frustrations of transport delays, weariness and a frequent diet of suspect food familiar to most travellers – I have relished the opportunities to visit the wonderful places that are tinged with the history of Byron.

Time to saddle up the horses me thinks!