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Lord Byron, Count Daru, and Anglophone Myths of Venice in the Nineteenth Century

David Laven    The University of Nottingham    



During the century between 1815 and 1915, Anglophone travellers to Venice were often reluc- tant to engage with the realities they encountered in the city. In this essay, with particular emphasis on the decades before 1848, I explore the impact of the poet Lord Byron and the historian and apologist for Napoleon Count Daru in perpetuating myths about the city’s past and present. I examine the reasons for the durability of this Venetian imaginary, and in particular the persistence of distortions of the Venetian past. I then argue that such views came to be challenged, both from the perspective of more sensitive, in- formed, and scholarly engagement with the city, and as a consequence of markedly changed notions about its population, born of the dramatic events of the Risorgimento.

July 25, 2012
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