Category Archives: British Navy

When the Sun Never Set on the British Empire, a Guest Post from Elaine Owen

This post originally appeared on the Austen Authors’ blog on 24 May 2019. Enjoy!  Today I’d like to share the first of two entries regarding a business entity that played a significant role in Jane Austen’s life. This public company … Continue reading

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Militia Officers During the Regency

What were the differences between the various units of militia officers during the Regency? For example, how could George Wickham in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice serve in Hertfordshire when his home shire was Derbyshire? And how was Colonel Fitzwilliam’s … Continue reading

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Sailing the Seas on a Family Ship, a Guest Post from Collins Hemingway

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors in February 2019. Enjoy. Last week, we saw how Jane Austen’s family used connections to help promote the careers of her two sailor brothers, Frank and Charles. When we left them, the Napoleonic … Continue reading

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Networking in the Age of Sail, a Guest Post from Collins Hemingway

This post originally appeared on the Austen Authors’ blog on January 24, 2019. Enjoy!  Unlike Army officers, members of the Royal Navy could obtain commissions without purchasing them. This difference created opportunities for the penurious sons of gentlemen like Jane … Continue reading

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Does the Character Henry Tilney Speak of a Modern Riot? a Guest Post from Collins Hemingway

(This post originally appeared on the Austen Authors’ blog on November 29, 2018. Enjoy!) Last week, this blog covered the confusing conversation between Catherine Morland and Eleanor Tilney in Northanger Abbey, when Catherine is talking about the horrors of a new … Continue reading

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Annuities in the Regency as Basis for “Mr. Darcy’s Bargain”

Much of the action of my Mr. Darcy’s Bargain, is based around a scam perpetrated by Mr. Wickham upon the citizens of Meryton, as well as Mr. Darcy’s attempts to thwart him. Wickham convinces many in Hertfordshire to invest in an … Continue reading

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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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