On their honeymoon - they stayed in Benidorm, which was then a sleepy Spanish fishing village - they went to a bullfight where they both practically swooned at the sight of so much blood. She complained that Hughes had tried to strangle her as they were having sex.
By this point, it comes as no surprise to learn that on the same night Hughes was in bed with yet another woman.
Hughes's first wife, poet Sylvia Plath, committed suicide in 1963 by gassing herself.
At times, Bate can also sound alarmingly like the late Barbara Cartland, especially when it comes to Hughes's amorous adventures: 'He tenderly unbuttoned and unzipped her, gazed admiringly at her body and made forceful love to her.'Made Poet Laureate in 1984, he became chummy with both Prince Charles and the Queen, although one wonders what on earth she made of the poem he wrote to mark her 60th birthday: 'Her spermy, fattening gland/ Cold under the ground.'By the time he died, in 1998, even the most bonkers of his accusers had fallen silent.
No one could read Birthday Letters and imagine that Hughes, for all his flaws, hadn't loved Plath to the depths of his being.
In the summer of 1789 Byron moved with his mother to Aberdeen.
(His half sister had earlier been sent to her maternal grandmother.) Emotionally unstable, Catherine Byron raised her son in an atmosphere variously colored by her excessive tenderness, fierce temper, insensitivity, and pride.
His unrequited passion found expression in such poems as "Hills of Annesley" (written 1805), "The Adieu" (written 1807), "Stanzas to a Lady on Leaving England" (written 1809), and "The Dream" (written 1816).
Years later he told Thomas Medwin that all his "fables about the celestial nature of women" originated from "the perfection" his imagination created in Mary Chaworth.George Gordon Noel Byron was born, with a clubbed right foot, in London on 22 January 1788, the son of Catherine Gordon of Gight, an impoverished Scots heiress, and Captain John ("Mad Jack") Byron, a fortune-hunting widower with a daughter, Augusta.The profligate captain squandered his wife’s inheritance, was absent for the birth of his only son, and eventually decamped for France, an exile from English creditors, where he died in 1791 at thirty-six, the mortal age for both the poet and his daughter Ada.There was always something of the matinee idol about Ted Hughes: 6 ft 2 in tall, often dressed in a black corduroy jacket and with a face like a hawk - he had an astonishing effect on women.One was so overcome with desire when she met him that she was physically sick. His sister Olwyn said of him: 'He didn't want to hurt anyone and ended up hurting everyone.' One of his girlfriends died of alcoholism, another effectively lost the will to live after they broke up.The vigil welcomed hundreds of people, some who carried signs and others who brought flowers for a memorial for those who died in the attacks.