Category Archives: History

Fordyce on Women

Fordyce on Women

When Mr. Collins reads from Fordyce’s Sermons in Pride and Prejudice, I always figured he was reading something dry and preachy. What I didn’t figure was that he was also reading something incredibly sexist. Fordyce wrote several books of sermons, but his Sermons for Young Women was the most popular of his books, extremely popular during… more goodness …

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen, a Guest Post from Laurie Benson

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen, a Guest Post from Laurie Benson

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen First, thank you for having me on Austen Authors. Since I collect antiques, I thought I’d share one with your readers that might have appealed to Jane Austen. It’s my Georgian era writing desk. I confess, while it’s in my home and I adore it, the Georgian writing table… more goodness …

Meet Echo, the Inspiration for Belle

Meet Echo, the Inspiration for Belle

This is our dog Echo. Echo joined our family three years ago. She was found huddling for shelter underneath a family’s deck on a wintry afternoon, during a November weekend of freezing rain, wet snow, and miserable winds. The family’s deck backed up to an empty field, and Echo’s rescuer theorized that she had been… more goodness …

Revenants, Returning from the Dead + Giveaway of “Vampire Darcy’s Desire”

Revenants, Returning from the Dead + Giveaway of “Vampire Darcy’s Desire”

Today, I bought candy so that I might stand in my driveway and hand out snacks to those brave enough to enter my small cul de sac, where few turn on their lights for the Trick or Treaters. And once more, my thoughts again run to the macabre. Revenance, or people returning from the dead… more goodness …

A Dance to Time: When Wellington Became a Janeite

A Dance to Time: When Wellington Became a Janeite

The “Long War,” as it was known in the day, raged between England and France during almost all of Jane Austen’s adulthood. Two of her brothers served in the Navy, and the others served in or supported the Militia. England’s problem from the start was that it had no effective way to take the war… more goodness …

How Well Do You Know Regency Fashion?

How Well Do You Know Regency Fashion?

Are YOU a Regency Era fashionista? Do you know a reticule from a parasol? Are pantaloons and chemisettes both undergarments? And what is with all those hats!? For today I thought a visual guessing game would be fun. Test your knowledge of fashion accessories for ladies, entering your answers and/or thoughts in the comments section.… more goodness …

Cant or Can’t?

Cant or Can’t?

Those of us who write or read Regency and other historical fiction occasionally come across some strange words for which we have to find the definition in order to get the full sense of what was written. Georgette Heyer was not only a prolific author, she also had a certain amount of cant spoken in… more goodness …

Unravelling Mr. Darcy at Vauxhall Gardens, #Excerpt, #Giveaway

Unravelling Mr. Darcy at Vauxhall Gardens, #Excerpt, #Giveaway

Elizabeth placed her hand on Darcy’s arm and allowed him to escort her from their supper box and toward one of the numerous paths in Vauxhall Gardens. The vast number of people that filled the supper boxes and paths was astonishing, and then when the torches were lit, and the orchestra was playing while waiters… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Top 10 Goofs in Pride and Prejudice (1940)

It’s official. Due to popular demand, the “Top 10 Goofs” and “Trivia Challenge” posts will be an ongoing series. The first two films I covered in this series were the 1995 and 2005 adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. I’ll do several more before shifting gears to other Austen novels. When I decided to focus on the Pride… more goodness …