Category Archives: Places/Locations

Austen and the Cathedral: Was Interment a Signal Honor?

Austen and the Cathedral: Was Interment a Signal Honor?

July 18, 2017, marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. At that date, the official commemoration begins. Tributes will flow through any number of activities, readings, evensongs, and events, leading to July 24, the date of her funeral. In the UK, public benches are being dedicated to Austen, and the “Rain Jane”… more goodness …

The Death of a Great Author, and a Greater Woman, a Guest Post from Kyra Kramer

The Death of a Great Author, and a Greater Woman, a Guest Post from Kyra Kramer

The Death of a Great Author, and Greater Woman Jane Austen passed away on 18 July 1817, at the age of only 41. She didn’t just deprive the future of English literature by her death; she left behind a devastated and grieving family. Her mother, and her seven beloved siblings, all survived her. Moreover, her… more goodness …

Lichfield Arts Festival Celebrates Anniversary of Austen’s Death

Lichfield Arts Festival Celebrates Anniversary of Austen’s Death

For those of you who live in the UK, there’s a wonderful event coming up July 7-15th, 2017, called the Lichfield Arts Festival, which, I understand, is West Midland’s pre-eminent multi-arts Festival. Jane Austen fans will be particularly interested because this year the festival is memorializing the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death. Ellie Turner, one… more goodness …

Pride and Prejudice 1995 Trivia Challenge

Pride and Prejudice 1995 Trivia Challenge

After last month’s “goofs” blog, a few of the comments reminded me of some trivia factoids about Pride and Prejudice, such as the footage from the Netherfield Ball that had to be scrapped because there was a hair in the lens of one of the cameras. I started thinking about how much I’ve enjoyed 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 …

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 …

Wife Number Two

Wife Number Two

We Americans who enjoy period pieces got a lovely one-two punch for a little while on PBS: “Victoria,” followed by historian Lucy Worsley’s “.” Six Wives, of course, refers to the wives of serial marrier Henry VIII. I am a sucker for this too-crazy-to-be-fiction story, so I really enjoyed Worsley’s program; it’s very well done,… more goodness …

A Tour of Estate Houses Used in Pride and Prejudice

A Tour of Estate Houses Used in Pride and Prejudice

The 1995 A&E production of Pride and Prejudice has always been my favorite. Not only was it my first exposure to the wonderful world of Austen (yes, even before the book!), but it also seems to be the most authentic and the most accurate to Jane Austen’s original text. Not only that, but the scenery… more goodness …

Do Austen’s Novels Reveal Her Views on Slavery?

Do Austen’s Novels Reveal Her Views on Slavery?

My last blog explored the effort in England to abolish the slave trade—the buying and selling of human flesh—which was accomplished in 1807—as well as the effort to eliminate slavery itself throughout all British possessions, which was not accomplished until 1840. Slave owners were helped through their “difficult” six-year period of adjustment, 1834-1840, with payments… more goodness …