Jane Austen and the Oliphant in the Room

by Alice Chandler, author of Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie I do apologize for the pun in my title. The Olifant I refer to is Margaret Olifant (1828-1894), a prolific and popular nineteenth-century writer and said to be Queen Victoria’s favorite novelist. The reason that I figuratively place Olifant in the same room… Read more about Jane Austen and the Oliphant in the Room


Aunt Jane’s Trial

Jane Leigh Perrot

The Trial of Mrs Jane Leigh Perrot – the Primary Sources by David Pugsley Discussions of Aunt Jane’s trial and the question whether she was innocent or guilty are normally based entirely on John Pinchard’s account, conveniently re-printed in MacKinnon’s Grand Larceny (1937), as if there was no other source of information and as if… Read more about Aunt Jane’s Trial


The Formative Years of George Austen, Jane’s father

George Austin

A look at James Cawthorn, George Austen and the Curious Case of the Schoolboy Who Was Killed by Martin J. Cawthorne   Jane Austen’s father, George Austen has many connections to the city of Bath. On the 26th April 1764 he married, by special licence, Cassandra Leigh in St Swithin’s, Walcot.  The Austen family were… Read more about The Formative Years of George Austen, Jane’s father


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


The Type-Founder

A look at Regency Fonts and Font making


The Regency Engraver

engraver

Behind the scenes at an Engraver’s shop


The Ladies’ Dressmaker

From The Book of Trades, London, 1804


The Regency Dentist

…including a first hand account by Jane Austen