Category Archives: History

I Tried to Write Like Jane Austen for a Day – Here’s What Happened

I Tried to Write Like Jane Austen for a Day – Here’s What Happened

Jane Austen wrote some of the greatest novels in English literature. This is a given. You might even say it is a truth universally acknowledged. We respect her intellect, that a daughter of a country clergyman with little formal education (but opportunity for extensive reading) could manage to do so. But I’ve always thought it… more goodness …

A Visit to Lyme Regis

A Visit to Lyme Regis

It’s been about thirteen years since I visited England, though I may have reason to go again soon since both my brother and my niece are engaged to Brits. (I’m hoping for something straight out of Four Weddings and a Funeral without the funeral part.) My purpose in going those several years ago, my husband and twelve-year-old… more goodness …

The Utmost Importance of Fresh Air and Exercise

The Utmost Importance of Fresh Air and Exercise

No, you haven’t stumbled across a health website, but it is January, just beyond the two-week mark of when a large percentage of the population has renewed their vow to take better care of themselves, so it seemed appropriate. Particularly for one such as I, whose pursuit of health has proven frustrating and elusive, particularly… more goodness …

Fight Against Slavery Carried On Beyond Austen’s Life

Fight Against Slavery Carried On Beyond Austen’s Life

Slavery was one of the most contentious issues of Jane Austen’s time. Some scholars claim that she ignored the issue or even accepted the legitimacy of the practice. Others claim that Mansfield Park serves as an anti-slavery tract. For certain, Austen would have tackled the complex issue in a complex way. The fight to abolish… more goodness …

The 12 Days of Christmas, or… The Holidays are NOT over yet!

The 12 Days of Christmas, or… The Holidays are NOT over yet!

We are all familiar with the Christmas song The Twelve Days of Christmas. To be honest, this song annoys me in how repetitious and endless it is! Perhaps that is why I never contemplated what the song meant or what its origins were. I finally did research, and ironically it is the very aspect of the song I find so… more goodness …

Boxing Day

Boxing Day

Happy Boxing Day! Is that even how you reference Boxing Day? As an American, I hadn’t really heard of Boxing Day until I’d started turning into more of the Anglophile that I am now. When I first heard December 26 referenced as Boxing Day, I presumed it had something to do with boxes, namely that… more goodness …

Regency Roads

Regency Roads

As you may recall from November’s post, I spent a week in Phoenix, visiting my aunt. I travelled by air and arrived within seven hours of leaving Cleveland. The return trip was not so smooth, and I spent the night in Charlotte’s airport (with nary a race shop in sight ~sigh~), finally arriving back in… more goodness …

Regency Christmas with Washington Irving

Regency Christmas with Washington Irving

Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday initiated the official holiday shopping season, and in my neighborhood more than half the houses have their decorations up. Thus, I figured it was time to launch the season here on Austen Authors with a Christmas-themed post. Actually, Barbara Silkstone beat me to it yesterday with the celebratory release of… more goodness …