Monthly Archives: January 2013

The 19th Century Educational System (or Lack Thereof)

“Public” schools were founded through generous donations for the male children of the towns of Eton and Harrow, and they were originally open to all. The concept of the “grammar” school came from the fact that Latin and Greek grammar … Continue reading

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Publishing Options for Women Writers in Jane Austen’s Time

  Novels during the early Regency were geared toward the female reader; therefore, the door opened, if only a crack, for the female writer to step through. The female writers of the time assisted Jane Austen in several ways, among … Continue reading

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Austen’s Publishing History

Today is the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” I thought in honor of the date we would take a quick look at the process of having her works published. Most of Austen’s story lines … Continue reading

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Living in Regency London – Lighting the House

Today, I have have dealt with three power outages in my area, and with each, I have privately cursed how dark is my home without the power of electricity. I have had to go without lights, TV, the internet, phone … Continue reading

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Are eBooks Destroying Traditional Publishing?

This article comes from NPR. It addresses the changing role of traditional publishing. This article matches up well with the one from yesterday on the increase in eBook reading among Americans. E-Books Destroying Traditional Publishing? The Story’s Not That Simple … Continue reading

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Reading Trends from 2012

This article comes from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. It contains wonderful graphics, which help to analyze the changes in the reading habits of Americans over the age of 16. It is worth the read. E-book Reading Jumps; … Continue reading

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Oh, Give Me Land Lots of Land (or) the 19th Century Entail

As it had been for centuries, a man’s status in 19th Century British Society rested in the land he held. Land was a symbol of wealth and social rank. Therefore, the need to pass one’s “wealth” to future generations increased … Continue reading

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The Face of Jack the Ripper

On Friday, I included a post on The Brutality of Jack the Ripper. This is one of favorite sources on the crime. In 2006, BBC News brought us a look at “Jack the Ripper” by using modern day profiling techniques. … Continue reading

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The Brutality of Jack the Ripper

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a BIG Matthew Macfadyen fan. So, needless to say, I am anticipating the premiere of “Ripper Street” on BBC America on January 19 at 9 P.M. And yes, I do realize “‘Ripper Street’ is … Continue reading

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Regency and Victorian Eras: Growing Up Female in the Country

Young girls had little control over their lives during the Regency and Victorian eras. Their lives were strictly regulated by nurses and governesses. The girls were expected to practice correct moral and social standards. Responsibilities to family and name were … Continue reading

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