Category Archives: History

Eliza de Feuillide, Jane Austen’s Saucy Cousin and Sister in Marriage

Eliza de Feuillide, Jane Austen’s Saucy Cousin and Sister in Marriage

What do we know of Jane Austen’s cousin, Eliza de Feuillide, other than the fact she became Henry Austen’s wife?                    Austen’s sister in marriage was born in Calcutta, India, on 22 December 1761 to her British parents, Philadelphia Austen (sister of Jane Austen’s father, George) and… more goodness …

Austen Sideroads Yield Interesting Journeys

Austen Sideroads Yield Interesting Journeys

Combing the internet for information on the life and times of Jane Austen sometimes leads to links in which the English author is mentioned in passing or as part of a broader story. More times than not, these side trips become worthwhile journeys of their own. Today we look at some of these online detours… more goodness …

A Glimpse Into the Other World

A Glimpse Into the Other World

Now that my series on spa and seaside resorts is done, I thought I’d reach a little further back into my travels to share something that’s very relevant to my series, which is creeping ever closer to the release of its third book (and as such, this post may contain some mild spoilers on the… more goodness …

Incandescent – An Excerpt

Incandescent – An Excerpt

The blurb for my new book, Incandescent, will go something like… “In this modern day twist on Jane Austen’s Persuasion, The Elliots are Hollywood Royalty –  a family of actors going back three generations. Annie Elliot has been cast to play Elizabeth Bennet in a new movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that takes place… more goodness …

The Value of Prejudice, a Guest Post from Wendy Jones

The Value of Prejudice, a Guest Post from Wendy Jones

Prejudice is generally viewed today as a negative trait Through its association with racism, it has acquired a particularly evil resonance in the U. S.; it’s hard to see anything redeeming here. But it wasn’t that simple in Jane Austen’s time. The key words in her most famous book were morally ambidextrous. Pride could mean… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of Regina Jeffers’s “Age of Consent to Marry” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Regina Jeffers’s “Age of Consent to Marry” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winner of Regina Jeffers‘s “Age of Consent to Marry in Jane Austen’s World, or How Could Lydia Bennet Marry So Young?” Giveaway. Charlene will receive a 2018 Victorian Slang Calendar, donated by Ms. Jeffers. Congratulations! Charlene, contact Regina at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [All prizes must be… more goodness …

Maternity and Mortality in the 1800’s, Plus a Preview From My WIP

Maternity and Mortality in the 1800’s, Plus a Preview From My WIP

It’s no secret that labor and childbirth were a perilous business for women in the 19th century. Accurate records of death during childbirth do not exist for this time period * but a common estimate is 20%. Think about that for a moment: if you were a healthy young woman in 1810 or so, you… more goodness …

Age of Consent to Marry in Jane Austen’s World, or How Could Lydia Bennet Marry So Young? + a Giveaway

Age of Consent to Marry in Jane Austen’s World, or How Could Lydia Bennet Marry So Young? + a Giveaway

During the Regency, despite what some authors may include within the story line, the age of consent for females was twenty-one, not twenty-five as some would lead the reader to believe. Although I do not know from where the idea of the female having a guardian until age 25, what I assume is happening is… more goodness …