On This Day: Mary & Shelley

“On this day in 1814 Mary Shelley moved back home after spending extended periods staying with relatives in Scotland. It was from this time that she began her relationship with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, with whom she’d already struck up a friendship.

Shelley, now separated from his first wife Harriet, was effectively, if not officially, single again, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The couple would later travel Europe together, spending time in France, Italy, and Switzerland, and their summer spent in 1816 on Lake Geneva with Lord Byron and Dr Polidori would famously give birth to two of the greatest horror tales in European literature, Frankenstein and the Vampire.”

~ Keats-Shelley Museum

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