John Cam Hobhouse, later Lord Broughton (1786-1869), became a friend of Byron when they were at Cambridge, and was frequently his travelling companion. He first published an account of their journey to Albania and Greece in 1814, and reissued this updated and corrected two-volume version in 1855, after his retirement from public life. (His memoirs are also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection.) In September 1809 Byron and Hobhouse were in Malta, and took the opportunity of a passing ship to go to Preveza in Epirus, making their way to the court of Ali Pasha, the 'tyrant of Ioannina'. Volume 2 takes the travellers from Smyrna in Asia Minor and up the coast to Istanbul, where they had an audience with Sultan Mahmud II. During their journey, Byron was writing Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: on its publication in 1812, as he said, 'I awoke one morning and found myself famous'.
John Cam Hobhouse
Cambridge University Press
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Series: Cambridge Library Collection - European History
21 August 2014
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33. Patriotism of the Greeks; 34. Departure from Athens; 35. The Musselim's summer residence; 36. A journey to Ephesus; 37. Departure from Smyrna; 38. Frigate anchors off Sigeum; 39. Barrows; 40. The supposed port of Agamemnon's fleet; 41. The district of the Troad; 42. The frigate leaves Cape Janissary; 43. Difficulty of obtaining information concerning the Turks; 44. The valley of sweet waters; 45. Galata; 46. Ters-Hane; 47. Excursion to Constantinople; 48. The Atmeidan; 49. The Dgiamissi Selatyn, or royal moscks; 50. The ambassador's audience of the Caimacam; Appendix.