Category Archives: British Navy

Lessons Learned from Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey”

In Northanger Abbey, Henry Tilney chastises Catherine Morland for romanticizing foreign settings (from the Gothic romances she reads) and forgetting her “nationalism.”  Dear Miss Morland, consider the dreadful nature if the suspicions you have entertained. what have you been judging … Continue reading

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The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, a Year Before Thomas Jefferson’s Document

Some of you realize, I live in North Carolina, a state draped in rich history. One of those events is the the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Charlotte, North Carolina will celebration this event on Sunday: A year before Thomas Jefferson’s … Continue reading

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Press Gangs in the Regency Era

Press gangs operated in England from medieval times, but during the war years the “tradition” was increased. In fact, the pressing of free men into military service was considered a royal prerogative. Pressgangs claimed many innocents who stumbled into the … Continue reading

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In Quest of the Officers, a Guest Post from Diana J. Oaks

Below you will find another of the fabulous posts one might find on any given day on Austen Authors. Diana J. Oaks explores the “appeal” of a man (or woman) in uniform.  Lydia Bennet. She’s naughty, she’s loud, she’s determined … Continue reading

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Purchasing Commissions During the Napoleonic Wars

We often read of a young gentleman purchasing a commission in either the militia or the regulars during the Regency era, but did conditions exist when a commission could not be secured? The answer is “Yes,” but there were conditions … Continue reading

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Conjugal Beneath the Fraternal: Jane Austen’s Understanding of Love, a Guest Post from Kyra C. Kramer

This scholarly piece appeared on Austen Authors on September 17, 2017. I brought it over here so more people could enjoy it. Conjugal Beneath the Fraternal: Jane Austen’s Understanding of Love  In her third novel, Mansfield Park, Jane Austen explains … Continue reading

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The Infamous War of Jenkins’s Ear? Never Heard of It?

Have you ever heard of the War of Jenkins’s Ear? If not, you are not alone.  This particular war took place in colonial Georgia. It involved both Spain and England in a dispute over the land between South Carolina and … Continue reading

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