Category Archives: History

Lady Catherine’s neighbors & excerpt

Lady Catherine’s neighbors & excerpt

Last month’s post included an excerpt of Elizabeth’s love for architecture and viewing a glimpse of Knole House. This month’s is about the house and its residents. Jane Austen only gives us a few passages about Rosings and even less about the surrounding area. We know nothing about the village of Hunsford. In Mr. Collins’… more goodness …

A Happy Dance, Twinnings, Child Birth, and (a Sort of) Giveaway

A Happy Dance, Twinnings, Child Birth, and (a Sort of) Giveaway

Today, I am taking off my Austen hat to announce that my latest Regency series is making a pleasant noise: Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep is the first book in a new romantic suspense trilogy: The Twins, and it has been named as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence… more goodness …

French Revolution Émigrés in England, a guest blog from Lona Manning

French Revolution Émigrés in England, a guest blog from Lona Manning

It is our delight to welcome Lona Manning, author of A Contrary Wind, a variation on Mansfield Park. Lona’s extensive research on the French Revolution is for our benefit today. Please welcome Lona to Austen Authors!   French Revolution Émigrés in England by Lona Manning   Thank you for this opportunity to guest post on… more goodness …

Solace in Austen

Solace in Austen

Did you know that during World War I, Jane Austen’s novels were recommended as an antidote for soldiers coping with shell-shock? And during the Second World War, sales of her works in England tripled? If you are unfamiliar with it, I highly recommended reading Rudyard Kipling’s short story The Janeites, which provides insight into the… more goodness …

Channeling Jane in Portland

Channeling Jane in Portland

I live in a place that inspires my Jane Austen-related writing, and it’s not England. I reside in Portland, Oregon, a fairly new transplant here. Typically, one wouldn’t think that a hipster/hippie-centric city with a Pacific rain forest climate would bring to mind England, and yet it does. Portland is called the Rose City, first of… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Top 10 Goofs in Pride and Prejudice (1995)

The dictionary definition of “goof” includes multiple meanings, so I’ll start by clarifying that today’s list is not a compilation of “foolish or stupid persons” although that would be a ridiculously fun post to compose with such fodder as Mr. Collins, Mrs. Bennet, and Lydia to claim the top 3 spots. Ah, but I digress.… more goodness …

Making “Cents”, Plus A Giveaway!

Making “Cents”, Plus A Giveaway!

When I first started reading Jane Austen, I paid little attention to the references to money found in her books. I knew that Bingley was rich, Darcy was richer, and Wickham was bribed into marrying Lydia with a small fortune. That was about it. References to shillings, guineas and crowns went completely over my very… more goodness …