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Percy Bysshe Shelley was an English Romantic poet and playwright during the early 19th century.

Biography Edit

He was born in 1792. (PROSE: Managra)

Percy abandoned a wife and a child for Mary Shelley, in 1814, when Mary was 16. (AUDIO: Mary's Story) Mary regarded him as her soulmate. (AUDIO: Army of Death) They called each other "husband" and "wife" for several months or years before they were officially married; at the time, Percy had an affair with Claire Clairmont, Mary's half-sister. Percy and Claire found it amusing that Mary knew about their affair.

In June 1816, Percy was spending time with Mary, Claire Lord Byron and John Polidori at Villa Diodati near Lake Geneva in Switzerland. (AUDIO: Mary's Story, TV: The Haunting of Villa Diodati)

At Villa Diodati, they encountered the Eighth Doctor, who introduced himself as Dr Frankenstein. When the Doctor appeared to have died, Percy suggested to make an experiment with lightning on the Doctor's body, modelled after the experiments of signor Galvani on frogs. During the experiment, Percy called himself "the modern Prometheus". The experience later inspired Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. (AUDIO: Mary's Story)

Percy's circle of friends, known to Faction Paradox as the "Shelley Cabal", (PROSE: The Book of the War) included John Polidori and the Romantic poet Lord Byron. (PROSE: The Book of the War, AUDIO: Mary's Story) Together, the group attacked several of the Star Chamber's political puppets and popularised stories of vampirism and unspeakable science influenced by the Chamber's knowledge of the Homeworld and the war against the Yssgaroth. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

Percy often took laudanum. (AUDIO: Mary's Story) In between writing poetry and drinking, Percy liked to read impenetrable scientific journals. (AUDIO: The Silver Turk)

In 1819, (PROSE: The Book of the War, AUDIO: The Peterloo Massacre) Shelley released the work The Mask of Anarchy, (PROSE: The Book of the War) inspired by the Peterloo Massacre. (AUDIO: The Peterloo Massacre) Several lines of the poem, including the name Dvora, had first appeared to Shelley while sleep in Italy, though he later changed them to mention his political enemy Castlereagh. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

In 1821 or 1822, the Mal'akh attacked the Shelley Cabal in Pisa. Several months later, in 1822, the Mal'akh attacked them again near Massa, and the Shelley Cabal was split up; Shelley and two friends were chased out to sea (PROSE: The Book of the War) in his schooner off the coast of Italy, (PROSE: Managra) and three bodies washed up on shore several miles apart. While the corpses of his two friends were identifiable, his body was missing its face and arms, recognisable only by his clothing and the copy John Keats' Lamia in the pocket.

In a ceremony led by Lord Byron, the three bodies were burned on the beach between Massa and Viareggia, though Shelley's heart appeared to be resistant to the flame. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

References Edit

The Fifth Doctor once expressed a desire to meet Shelley. (AUDIO: Castle of Fear) He quoted several lines from The Mask of Anarchy to Nyssa and Tegan. (AUDIO: The Peterloo Massacre)

Charley once compared the Eighth Doctor to Shelley. (AUDIO: Letting Go)

Michael Brookhaven produced the film Percy Shelley's Prince of Blood in 1993. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

A Reprise of Shelley lived in Europa. (PROSE: Managra)

Behind the scenes Edit

  • In the real world, Percy and Mary Shelley were married on 30 December 1816.
  • He was played by Lee Cornes in the Blackadder the Third episode "Ink and Incapability".
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