Thomas Moore wrote that a fortune teller told Mrs Byron when B was still a child that he would know a great love and die from poison at a
young age. Moore comments it is common place knowledge that
Byron experienced such a one great love (what a non-chalant commentary on incest - not!) so the fortune teller was proven at least partly true. Gamba's memoir of Byron says B was convinced he would die at his 37th year by poison this is why he was inspired to write "on this day I complete my 36th year". The causes of his death have yet to be diagnosed in a medically sound way.
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2003 19:48:00 -0400
From: Nancy Mayer <nmayer@...
Subject: Re: byron's life and times
Has anyone ever come across a story that Mrs. Byron consulted a
fortune teller one year and was told that her son would have a very
bad 37th year?
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