Category Archives: real life tales

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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The Foils of Jane Austen, Part 1, a Guest Post from C. D. Gerard

The post originally appeared on the Austen Authors’ blog on January 26, 2019. Enjoy!    The question of why we love Jane Austen so much has been pondered by many a scholar and reader over the past 200 years.  But … Continue reading

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The Age of Consent to Marry in the Regency Period

During the Regency, despite what some authors may include within the story line, the age of consent for females was twenty-one, not twenty-five as some would lead the reader to believe. Although I do not know from where the idea … Continue reading

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Using Austen as a Historical Resource, a Guest Post from Don Jacobson

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on January 30, 2019. Enjoy!  One of my favorite books is Natalie Zemon Davis’ The Return of Martin Guerre (1983) which heralded the advent of a new historical school: that of subaltern history—essentially the history of sergeants … Continue reading

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An Intervention with Jane Austen’s “Bad Boy,” George Wickham

After my article on Monday regarding Austen’s use of George Wickham to advance the main plot of Pride and Prejudice, several people have sent me messages regarding the “Intervention” I wrote some years back. They enjoyed it, so I thought a … Continue reading

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How Do We Know Jane Austen’s “Stuff” Actually Belongs to Her? a Guest Post from Collins Hemingway

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on March 21, 2019. Enjoy! A few weeks ago, Alexa Adams, one of our Austen Authors, wrote an interesting blog on the Rice portrait, which is believed by some to be a painting of … Continue reading

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The Rice Portrait of Jane Austen? a Guest Post from Alexa Adams

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on January 25, 2019. Enjoy!  How clearly I recall writing this blog post in March of 2011. I was six months pregnant with my daughter and spent the bulk of the morning at a lab … Continue reading

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