The dead poet's heart that was kept in a drawer
Updated: Mar 29
The poet Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned when his boat was caught in storm off the Italian coast in 1822.
His decayed body washed ashore ten days later, and was identified by a book of Keats' poems in his pocket.
The poet was cremated on the shoreline, but according to legend his heart refused to burn.
His heart was given to his wife, Mary Shelley. The author of Frankenstein took it back to England and kept it at her house in 24 Chester Square, in London Belgravia.
So what did Mary Shelley do with her husband’s heart? Hear the story of Mary Shelley in our Women and Writing podcast: