Category Archives: History

Miss Austen–No Politician, She

Miss Austen–No Politician, She

In this, the 200th anniversary year of Jane Austen’s death, we learn that white supremacists are co-opting the English author in support of a racial dictatorship, shocked opponents are claiming that true readers are “rational, compassionate, liberal-minded people,” and conservatives are chiding Janeites for assuming that great literature can be written only by great liberals.… more goodness …

Jane Austen’s Legacy ~ A Festival in Louisville

Jane Austen’s Legacy ~ A Festival in Louisville

Three years ago I moved to Kentucky from California, and naturally there were many reasons why we chose this area. A big one was the JASNA Region in Louisville, albeit more for me than my husband! Located about forty miles from where we live, it is an easy, beautiful countryside pictorial drive for the meetings… more goodness …

The Knight Estate at Chawton, a Guest Post from Antoine Vanner

The Knight Estate at Chawton, a Guest Post from Antoine Vanner

Today’s guest blogger is my dear internet friend Antoine Vanner, a naval expert and author, who happens to reside very close to Chawton House. I am certain you will love the many images of the estate where Austen lived from 1809 – 1817, as seen through the eyes of someone who observes her lasting effect… more goodness …

Taxes More Inevitable Than Death in Austen’s Napoleonic Britain

Taxes More Inevitable Than Death in Austen’s Napoleonic Britain

The Saturday blog schedule lobbed a fat one across the center of the plate this month! While the “Official Tax Day” in the United States is April 18th, the 15th is so ingrained in American national consciousness as to make this the only realistic topic. ‘Tis true that Mr. Franklin sardonically noted “…but in this… more goodness …

What Would Mr. Darcy Really Look Like?

What Would Mr. Darcy Really Look Like?

Following up on my post from last month, Love Those Muscles, I’d like to bring to your attention an article I recently read in Town and Country Magazine online called, The Real Mr. Darcy Has Finally Been Revealed. In it, the author, basing his reasoning on a recently published academic essay, argues that, given the… more goodness …

Celebrating the Release of “A Dance with Mr. Darcy” with a Scottish Tradition + a Giveaway

Celebrating the Release of “A Dance with Mr. Darcy” with a Scottish Tradition + a Giveaway

St Agnes Eve plays a pivotal turning point in my latest Austen-inspired release. A Dance with Mr. Darcy. But who was St. Agnes and why is she celebrated? On St Agnes Eve, traditionally girls and unmarried women wishing to know more of their future husbands perform a variety of sometimes “bizarre” acts to see who… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of Don Jacobson’s “War Widows in Austen’s World” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Don Jacobson’s “War Widows in Austen’s World” Giveaway

Austen Authors is happy to announce the winner of Don Jacobson‘s “War Widows in Austen’s World” Giveaway. Random.org has selected Regina Silvia to receive an eBook copy of Mr. Jacobson‘s The Keeper: The Extraordinary Journey of Mary Bennet. Regina, please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at jeffersregina@gmail.com to claim your prize. Congratulations!    more goodness …

Regency Festivals, Fairs, Circuses, etc.

Regency Festivals, Fairs, Circuses, etc.

Festival. Fair. Carnival. Fete. The words do have definitions and historical applications with slight variations, but we largely tend to lump them together and use interchangeably. In general, when thinking of a festival, fair, carnival, whatever, we imagine a celebration of, or for, a particular holiday or theme with frivolous, lively entertainment as the order of… more goodness …