- A Dangerous Intimacy: Mansfield Park and Playing at Love By Lona Manning
A group of young people, passing the rainy weeks of autumn together in “a dull country house,” decide to entertain themselves by staging a play. So what’s so wrong about that, as the critic Lionel Trilling asks rhetorically in his 1954 essay?
The characters in Jane Austen’s great novel, Mansfield Park, devote a great …
- Rural England in the Age of Jane Austen by Marc DeSantis
A Rural England
Though Jane Austen’s life of forty-one years was lamentably short, her time on earth, 1775 to 1817, was nonetheless one of great and momentous change. England was still largely rural in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the rhythm of its country life was tied to the seasonal needs …
- The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Five – At the Assembly Rooms, at last! Dear Reader,
I hope that this journal of my time in Bath should prove to be helpful to you. In reading it may you be spared the numerous faux pas and embarrassments that I was not. I truly feel that if this work should prevent even one other young lady from public ridicule in the …
- The Sheet Music for Austen Film Scores Where to find them. What they include…
- The Regency Wedding Breakfast During the Regency, weddings were often held first thing in the morning with the bridal couple and their guests returning home to celebrate with a wedding breakfast, a precursor to the modern wedding reception, before departing to their new home, or perhaps on their honeymoon.
Jane Austen’s niece Caroline (daughter of James) gave a wonderful description …
- Christmas with Father Christmas Father Christmas far predates the modern Santa Claus, but how was he associated with the season, and did Jane Austen know him?
- The Beefsteak Club A political club famous for it’s steak and potatoes diet
- The Swiss Family Robinson: “One of the most popular novels of all time” Written in 1812 and translated into English by William Godwin in 1814
- Punch and Judy: Britain’s National Puppets Known as Britain’s National Puppets, but they have their roots in 16th century Italy…
- Bethlem Royal Hospital in Jane Austen’s Day: Bedlam’s Beginnings …perhaps the most famous mental institution in the world
- Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks in London The making of life-size wax figures wearing real clothes grew out of the funeral practices of European royalty. In the Middle Ages it was the habit to carry the corpse, fully dressed, on top of the coffin at royal funerals, but this sometimes had unfortunate consequences in hot weather, and the custom of making an …
- The Hope Diamond-The most famous diamond in the world Stolen during the French Revolution, it resurfaced in London in 1812…
- The Egyptian Hall With the French occupation and exploration of Egypt in 1798 (Napoleon was seeking to cut off British interests in India) a mania for all things Pharonic came into vogue. The Battle of the Nile, in August, 1798, allowed the British to gain an advantage, and by 1801 they were in the process of taking over …
- Gothic Horrors: The Regency Vampyre The origins of the Vampyre novel
- Well in Hand: The Four-Horse Club Often mistakenly called the “Four in Hand Club”, this group began as a rival to the Bensington Driving Club.
- The Moonlight Sonata Written in 1801 and dedicated to Giulietta Guicciardi; was she also the “Immortal Beloved”?
- The Twelve Days of Christmas Was this song familiar to the Austen family?
- To Punish or Defend? The Regency Duel The intricacies of a regency era duel…
- The Microcosm of London: Astley’s Amphitheatre Famous for the associated riding school and circus…
- Sailor’s Valentines: A gift of Love Joe Elder explains the history behind ‘Sailor’s Valentines’.
- The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: A Classic Christmas Tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (German: Nussknacker und Mausekönig) is a story written in 1816 by E. T. A. Hoffmann, a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, composer, music critic, and caricaturist.
In the tale, young Marie Stahlbaum’s favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks …
- Portrait Miniatures Cherished Tokens of Regency Love
- The Jubilee of George III Period impressions of the Golden Jubilee of George III
- Creating a Straw Bonnet from “Scratch” The base of the millinery industry
- The Elegance of the Breakfast Set The birth of English Bone China
- Keeping a Georgian Christmas Take a peek inside Fairfax House, York, a Georgian townhouse, decorated for Christmas
- Jane Austen’s Women and Their Creative Skills She was a plain, motherly kind of woman, who had worked hard in her youth, and now thought herself entitled to the occasional holiday of a tea-visit; and having formerly owed much to Mr Woodhouse’s kindness, felt his particular claim on her to leave her neat parlour, hung round with fancy-work, whenever she could, and …
- 18th Century Cookery Books and the British Housewife Cookbooks and the Regency Housewife
by Vic Sanborn
- Titles and Precedence How to tell a Duke from a Dud
- The Origins of Regency Era Christmas Carols Many are as popular today as they were 200 years ago.
- The History of Side-Saddles Miss Crawford’s enjoyment of riding was such that she did not know how to leave off.
- The Art of Fashion Plates and Paperdolls Discovering that which is “Very much worn this season…”
- The Upper Rooms A look inside Bath’s Famous Assembly Rooms
- Christmas at Carlton House Celebrating the Season In Regency Style
- Period Lighting and Silhouette Making Candles, Matches and other forms of Striking a Light
- The Glass Armonica Benjamin Franklin’s happiest invention
- The Harp as a Status Symbol What playing and owning a harp told Society
- Jane Austen’s Piano Perhaps the most recognized instrument of the Regency
- All Hallow’s Eve How was Halloween celebrated in Regency England?
- Regency Dancing A look at the various dances enjoyed during the Regency
- A Lady’s Education Had she possessed greater leisure for the service of her girls,
she would probably have supposed it unnecessary, for they were under the care of a governess,
with proper masters, and could want nothing more.
Excerpted from The Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible yet Elegant Guide to Her World
Most young women were educated by a combination …
- Touring with the Gardiners The cool climate of the Lake District was a popular retreat during Regency Summers
- A Description of the Funeral for Princess Amelia A period account of the passing of the King’s favorite child
- Scent-Sational: Regency Perfumes and the Man who Made them The fashionable scents to be wearing in 1804…
- Jane Austen’s Easter The history of Easter and its Georgian celebration
- Subscription Libraries and the Rise of Popular Fiction The influence of the “Three Volume Novel” on “Literary Degradation”
- Sydney Gardens, Bath A little bit of wilderness in the heart of Bath.
- The Regency Debutante A Young Girl out for her first Season…
- Sport Hunting in Regency England Riding to Hounds and other Manly pursuits
- Paying Social Calls The art of visiting and “leaving cards”
- Almack’s Assembly Rooms The most exclusive club in London
- London Theater during the Regency: Covent Garden The Theater Royal, Royal Ballet Company and Royal Opera House
- The King of Clubs: Clubs and Gaming Houses in Regency London
- The History of the Waltz The shocking dance that took a nation by storm.
- The Advent of the Christmas Season The Austen Family prepares their hearts for Christmas…
- Twelfth Night The end of Christmas Festivities
- The Regency Card Party Casual Regency Entertaining
- British Ballooning Vincent Lunardi and the dawn of European Aeronautics
- All Young Ladies Accomplished! The accomplishments of literary and actual heroines
- The Legend of the Mistletoe From Parasitic Plant to Pucker Procurer
- The ‘Conversation Piece’ Whilst conducting research into the ‘Rice’ portrait, Mr. Robin Roberts discovered a very interesting picture, which seems to have gone unnoticed in a Christie’s catalogue. The sale of the property of Mrs. Robert Tritton took place at Godmersham Park, Kent, between Monday, June 6th and Thursday, June 9th, 1983. Elsie Tritton and her husband had …
- The Family Library “I cannot comprehend the neglect of a family library in such days as these.”
- A History of Love Letters The love letter has been composed and treasured for centuries…
- The Advent of Valentines How Valentine’s Day was celebrated during the Regency
- Georgian Christmas Celebrations How would Jane and her family have celebrated Christmas?
- Clothing Warehouses of the Regency High End Retail Shopping in its Infancy
- Ice Skating in the Regency The proper way to practice this popular pastime
- Country Dances used in the Films What steps was Mr. Bingley doing, anyway?