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George Gordon Byron also known as Lord Byron was an unique English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement His work is still looked upon today In Greek culture he is known as a national hero because he had fought the Ottoman Empire in the Greek War of Independence Byron was celebrated in life for honorable successes including huge debts many love affairs rumors of a sexual relationship with his half-sister and self-imposed banishment His appearance was another bonus He was 5 feet and 85 inches and weighed 133 pounds He played many sports including competent boxing horseriding and an excellent swimmer For an example on May 3 1810 Byron swam from Europe to Asia across the across the Hellespont Strait He wore curl papers in his hair at night and overall took very good care of himself Also he was always on a strict diet and most of his life he was a vegetarian The bad news is Byron had a club foot also known as deformity in the right footas a child he described his medical treatment pointless and painful because not one of those treatments cured his birth defect This defect caused him to become self- conscious about himself and was given a nickname le diableboiteux meaning the limping devil in French He had refused to wear any brace that helped him not limp and he was given specially made shoes in attempt to hide the deformed foot After all he was an attractive man and women fell in love with him in a heartbeat Lord Byron was born in London England on January 22 1788 His parents had a really big impact on his life Lord Byrons father John Byron was a royal Navy officer He was known as foul-weather Jack because of his frequent encounters with bad weather at sea His career was one in a million kind of deal He joined the navy in 1731
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