Person    | Male  Born 4/8/1792  Died 8/7/1822

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Categories: Poetry, Seriously Famous

Countries: Italy

Poet. Born at Field Place, near Horsham in Sussex. Had a habit of eloping with and then marrying 16 or 17 year olds: first Harriet Westbrook. When she, pregnant, drowned herself in the Serpentine Percy waited 2 weeks and then married Mary Godwin with whom he had been living for the previous 2 years.

Although he couldn't swim and often predicted that he would die by drowning, Shelley spent the summer of 1822 sailing on the Bay of Lerici. A storm threw him and others overboard. The bodies were washed ashore 10 days later and, in the presence of Lord Byron and Leigh Hunt, a cremation took place on the beach. Shelley's heart was saved and given to Mary who carried it with her all her life, taking it to her own grave (or their son kept it and took it to his grave, stories vary). Shelley's ashes were later buried in the Protestant cemetery in Rome.

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Percy & Mary Shelley

After their elopement in July 1814 the Shelleys lived here with Claire Clairm...

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Percy Shelley - SE1 - blue

British History Online: "In 1932 the London County Council erected a memorial...

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Percy Shelley - SE1 - Southwark

Percy Bysshe Shelley lived at No. 26 Nelson Square which formerly stood on a ...

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Percy Shelley - W1

Shelley lodged here after he was expelled from Oxford.

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Somers Town Mural

This mural was commissioned by the GLC in 1980 and moved to this site by St P...

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