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Monday, 17 September 2018

Michael Foot in Prague, 1988; A Vindication of Byron



With all the columns of digital newsprint devoted to Michael Foot and his alleged contacts, in The Times (15th September) and The Sunday Times (16th September), I am reminded of his visit to Prague in 1988, in part to talk at Charles University about his book on Lord Byron, The Politics of Paradise, A Vindication of Byron (1988)He was also in Prague to visit his goddaughter, Victoria Špičková (née Wentworth-Reilly) and her talented, musical family.





Regardless of his political views, his book on Byron was also a vindication of its author, if he needed one (The Guardian's reviewer was not so taken by the book). In the photograph, I am seated on the far right (Cultural Attaché), next to John Macgregor, CVO, then First Secretary at the British Embassy, Czechoslovakia. Professor. Martin Hilský is on the left.











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