This article focuses on the complex history of Byron's memorialisation in Westminster
Abbey and elsewhere, a history that brings to the fore the ambivalent memorial function
of the Abbey as both a sacred place and a pantheon of fame. The article explores
the canonical impasse created, after Byron's death, by the fact that while his scandalous
life led the Westminster authorities to refuse to sanction his burial in the Abbey, his
cultural stature was too high to be ignored, leading to continued pressure for a Byron
memorial in Westminster Abbey. The article focuses on various stages of the longdrawn-out process that finally culminated in the unveiling of a floor memorial to the
poet in 1969.