Mad, bad and dangerous to know. This was Lady Caroline Lamb's opinion on meeting Byron. It didn't put her off. In fact it was Bryon who terminated their relationship six months later as he couldn't cope with her. It takes one to know one as they say. Byron's childhood had been marred by his father's cavalier attitude to money which was the only thing Byron inherited from him at his death when Byron was only three. More happily Byron was left Newstead Abbey by his great uncle the 'wicked Lord Byron'. Newstead was however in a state of (romantic) disrepair. With Childe Harold in 1812 he found early and lasting fame. Then notoriety with his relationship with his half sister. An enforced spell on the continent followed and finally the tragic but heroic fight in Greece where he is still a national hero. In between he wrote some of the finest romantic poetry ever penned.