During the summer of
1816, Byron rented the
Villa Diodati in the Genevan suburb of Cologny, on Lake
Geneva. The setting provided far more than luxury, for it had
been the home of Charles Diodati, the close friend of John Milton, who had visited him
there in 1639. This underlying literary association must have had
some impact on the extraordinary current of Miltonic allusions
Mary Shelley wove into the fabric of her novel.