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Giovanni Battista Belzoni

November 1778 – 3 December 1823), sometimes known as The Great Balzoni, was a prolific Italian explorer and pioneer archaeologist of Egyptian antiquities. Belzoni was born in Padua. His father was a barber who sired fourteen children. His family was from Rome and when Belzoni was 16 he went to work there, claiming that he […]

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The Mutiny on the Bounty

The mutineers turning Lt Bligh and some of the officers and crew adrift from His Majesty's Ship Bounty. By Robert Dodd

Detailing the 1789 mutiny of Captain William Bligh’s crew, aboard the HMS Bounty

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18th Century Umbrellas

Umbrellas often appear in Austen's novels as a chivalrous response to a lady's need. From left to right, Persuasion, Emma, Mansfield Park.

The word Umbrella literally means “a little shade”…

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The Nautilus: Submarine Terror of the Seas

A cross-section of Fulton's 1806 submarine design.

Often considered the first practical submarine…

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Jane Austen’s Heroes

How has Jane Austen influenced the modern perception of the Literary Hero?

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Jane Austen: Criticisms and Interpretatations

Notwithstanding a certain reticence and self control which seems to belong to their age, and with all their quaint dresses, and ceremonies, and manners, the ladies and gentlemen in Pride and Prejudice and its companion novels seem like living people out of our own acquaintance transported bodily into a bygone age, represented in the half-dozen books […]

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In Praise of Jane

I often wonder what Jane Austen would have thought if she’d known quite how much her books would still be enjoyed two hundred years after she’d written them, and also whether she would have approved of the many tributes in the form of continuations, sequels, mash-ups, and the many film and television adaptations that her […]

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The Shipwright: Building the Fleet

Jane Austen visited the Southampton shipyard with her nephews to view the new 74 gun frigate. What did they see?

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The Mariner

From “The Book of Trades, or Library of Useful Arts”

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On Needlework by Mary Lamb

The following essay on Needlework was written by Mary Lamb and published in The Lady’s Magazine in 1814 under the guise of a letter to the editor. The Lady’s Magazine or Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex, Appropriated Solely to Their Use and Amusement, was a British fashion magazine produced every month from 1770 until 1837 and […]

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