Category Archives: customs and tradiitons

A Bit on the History of The British Imperial System of Weights and Measures

 In 1965, the British Imperial System of Weights and Measures was replaced by the metric system, used in Europe since the days of Napoleon in the 19th Century. The change has been a gradual one for the UK, and, today, … Continue reading

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“Mansfield Park” and Conduct Novels, a Guest Post from Lona Manning

“There is a great deal more for you to learn:” Mansfield Park and Conduct Novels It was once a truth universally acknowledged that parents had a moral duty to raise their children to be industrious, virtuous, charitable, and pious, to prepare their … Continue reading

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Derbyshire and Well Dressings

The origin of the practice of what is known as “well dressings” is a bit of a mystery. Most believe the celebration dates back to the Celts, but few places, other than Derbyshire and Staffordshire, England, have kept the tradition. … Continue reading

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Why Gretna Green? Marriage Over the Anvil, a Guest Post by Alexa Adams

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on 23 February 2018. Enjoy!!  “I am going to Gretna Green, and if you cannot guess with who, I shall think you a simpleton, for there is but one man in the world … Continue reading

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Fleet Prison Marriages of the 1700s

Marriage ceremonies associated with the Fleet Prison is London were many in the mid to late 1700s. It is estimated that in the 1740s over half of London’s marriage ceremonies took place in “marriage shops” surrounding the Fleet Prison. By … Continue reading

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Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management, a Guest Post from Gianna Thomas

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on October 30, 2017. Enjoy!  Bless Sharon Lathan. She did a series of blogs about servants of the 18th and 19th centuries and had a reference to Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management. I’m … Continue reading

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Between the Lines: Sisterhood and Serendipitous Elusiveness, a Guest Post by Gabrielle Mullarkey

BETWEEN THE LINES Sisterhood and serendipitous elusiveness Jane Austen, like many great artists, reaches out to us across time as both a living presence glimpsed between the lines of her own words and as an image orchestrated and reconstructed endlessly … Continue reading

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