Age of Revolutions (1774 – 1849 CE)

1776

1783

1785

  • Jeremy Bentham writes a paper entitled “Offences Against Oneself” arguing that consensual sexual acts between two adults in the privacy of a home should not be illegal.

1788

1790

1791

1798

  • At ten years old, George Gordon Byron inherits the title of Lord Byron and becomes a member of the landed gentry.

1800

  • The Publick Universal Friend is taken to court for blasphemy, but the courts rule that blasphemy is not against the law in the United States due to separation of church and state.
  • Lord Byron begins writing poetry.

1801

1803

  • September: Lord Byron refuses to return to Harrow, due to his romantic feelings for his cousin Mary Chaworth and her rejection of him.

1804

  • Anne Lister begins a romantic and sexual relationship with Eliza Raine.
  • Lord Byron returns to school at Harrow.

1805

  • Lord Byron has a romantic relationship with his schoolmate John Thomas Claridge.

1806

1809

  • Lord Byron leaves England for the “Grand Tour” of Europe. While on this journey, he claims to have slept with more than 200 men.

1811

  • Denmark decriminalizes homosexuality when it adopts Napoleon’s legal code.
  • Lord Byron returns to England and learns that his former lover John Edleston has died. He attempts to resume his relationship with Claridge, but discovers he has become boring.

1812

  • Lord Byron becomes famous after the first two cantos of “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” are published. He begins an affair with Lady Caroline Lamb.

1813

  • Lady Caroline Lamb returns to England from Ireland and very publicly tries to win back the affections of Lord Byron.

1815

  • January 2: Lord Byron marries Annabella Millbanke.

1816

  • January: Annabella Millbanke publicly separates from Lord Byron.
  • February 12: John Hobhouse brings word to Lord Byron that rumors of his engaging in sodomy are beginning to emerge.
  • April 25: Lord Byron leaves England.
  • Lord Byron stays at Lake Geneva with a crew of his friends and fellow writers. Byron has a brief affair with Claire Clairmont.

1817

  • Claire Clairmont gives birth to Lord Byron‘s illegitimate daughter Allegra.
  • Lord Byron has an affair with Margarita Cogni in Venice. When it ends, she drowns herself in the canal.

1819

1821

  • Lord Byron and Countess Giucciolli move to Pisa.

1823

  • Lord Byron travels to Greece to aid in the fight for Greek independence. He sells Rochdale Manor for 11,250 pounds and opens his coffers to the cause.

1824

1825

1830

  • Anne Lister is the first woman to climb Monte Perdido in the Pyrenees.

1832

1838

  • Anne Lister and Ann Walker became the first women and the first non-locals to climb Vignemale — the tallest mountain in the French Pyrenees.

1839

1840

1843

  • December 25: Sallie and Patrick Hodgers have a child they name Jennie Irene Hodgers. (estimated year)

1847

1848