Standing Before the Giaour…

The astonishment expressed by Lady Caroline Lamb in October 1814 to the news that her beloved Byron had not only proposed to her cousin Annabella Milbanke but that she had accepted him. Given that Caroline had once promised to 'buy a pistol at Mantons & stand before the Giaour & his legal wife & shoot myself' upon hearing the rumour of Byron's betrothal in September 1814 - her reaction to this news was anticipated with some concern...