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4 Comments

  1. johnfl23
    Posted August 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I noticed that actress Julia Sawalha has lived in Bath for a few years. Has she visited the Jane Austen Centre or attended the Jane Austen festival?

  2. Yazmia
    Posted December 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Wedding rings
    during the regency era when pride and prejudice was written, were wedding rings used and worn?
    I notice that in Death comes to Pemberley Elizabeth wears a wedding ring, but in pride and prejudice both the book and adaptations, there are no rings, just the lace head scarfs/hats.

    • Byron
      Posted February 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

      Hi Yazmia,

      Wedding rings would certainly have been used in the regency era. The wedding ceremonies would have been based on The Book of Common Prayer, where the husband is required to put a ring on the 4th finger of the wife.

      Also in 1805 just before the battle of Trafalgar, Nelson “married” his mistress Emma Hamilton by exchanging rings, and taking Holy Communion together.

      The tradition of exchanging rings goes back to the times of the Romans, the circular shape of the ring symbolising eternal love.

      Hope this helps.

      Byron

    • SophiaRose
      Posted March 23, 2014 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      In Pride and Prejudice (the book and the 2005 film) Lydia Bennett mentions that she removes her glove and places her hand on the edge of the carriage as a person she knows drives by so she can show off her ring.

      “Oh! mamma, do the people here abouts know I am married to-day? I was afraid they might not; and we overtook William Goulding in his curricle, so I was determined he should know it, and so I let down the side-glass next to him, and took off my glove, and let my hand just rest upon the window frame, so that he might see the ring, and then I bowed and smiled like any thing.”

      So i guess wedding rings were used and worn.

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