The effects of the family’s misfortunes on Jane Austen’s death

Jane Austen's Death

By Caroline Kerr Taylor 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. She is one of the world’s most popular literary giants. It was a tragic loss that she died at 41, just as her star was gaining traction in the literary firmaments. We will never know for sure the exact cause of her… Read more about The effects of the family’s misfortunes on Jane Austen’s death


Rural England in the Age of Jane Austen

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… Read more about Rural England in the Age of Jane Austen


Netley Abbey

“I had intended to take them to Netley to-day…”


Lord Elgin’s Marbles – The Partheon Marbles of Greece

The Parthenon marbles are at the center of a centuries long tug of war between Britain and Greece…At once the pride of Athens and the keystone of the British Museum, the story of their removal to London has as much action as any Greek drama.


William Herschel and the Bath Museum of Astronomy

Sir Frederick William Herschel, KH, FRS  (15 November 1738 – 25 August 1822) was a German-born British astronomer, composer, and brother of Caroline Herschel. Born in the Electorate of Hanover, Herschel followed his father into the Military Band of Hanover, before migrating to Great Britain at the age of nineteen. Herschel became interested in astronomy in… Read more about William Herschel and the Bath Museum of Astronomy


The Foundling Hospital

The Foundling Hospital in London, England was founded in 1741 by the philanthropic sea captain Thomas Coram. It was a children’s home established for the “education and maintenance of exposed and deserted young children.” The word “hospital” was used in a more general sense than it is today, simply indicating the institution’s “hospitality” to those… Read more about The Foundling Hospital


Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death: The Eruption of Mt. Tambora

The eruption of Mt. Tambora in Java in 1815 led to world wide weather catastrophes…


Prussian Blue

…a popular color choice for painters, fashion and interior designers.