Category Archives: History

Intriguing Historical Fashion Objects

Intriguing Historical Fashion Objects

For this month’s strange objects from history guessing game I am turning to fashion. I am preparing a presentation on Regency fashion for my Romance Writers of America group so a handful of uniquely historic accessories were brought to mind. None of these are too mysterious, so I am betting those who read Austen, JAFF,… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “Baptism and Christening in the Regency Era” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “Baptism and Christening in the Regency Era” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of Regina Jeffers‘s “Baptism and Christening in the Regency Era” Giveaway. These ladies have already received an eBook of one of the books in the Twins’ Trilogy: Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep, The Earl Claims His Comfort or Lady Chandler’s Sister. The winners are: Carylkane, Venette… more goodness …

Intriguing Historical Objects. Can YOU Guess them?

Intriguing Historical Objects. Can YOU Guess them?

Today, with the third installment of a theme, I believe this is a full-fledged series! I sure have fun searching for strange, no-longer as necessary objects … or others that have evolved into improved designs over the decades … and many of you seem to enjoy the guessing game meshed with historical facts. So why… more goodness …

Regency Manners and Fitzwilliam Darcy

Regency Manners and Fitzwilliam Darcy

Manners back in Regency times were very interesting and different from the manners we see today, especially in certain countries. The other day I read where an author/reader commented on Fitzwilliam Darcy’s insult of Elizabeth at the Meryton Assembly. There was one aspect in regard to that comment he made that makes one wonder just… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Sense and Sensibility (2008)

Top 10 Goofs in Sense and Sensibility (2008)

This adaptation of Sense and Sensibility was screen-written by Andrew Davies and released on the BBC in the UK and under the Masterpiece Classic banner as a PBS series in the United States.  I have owned the DVD for many years, but it had been several years since I watched it prior to preparing for this… more goodness …

Tea and the Tea Caddy

Tea and the Tea Caddy

Despite growing up in the UK, I don’t actually like tea very much. I’ll drink it to be polite (with lots of milk and a couple of spoons of sugar) when the only alternative is coffee, which I despise even more, but give me a hot chocolate or a glass of juice or iced water any day. Still,… more goodness …

Twists and Turns Between First and Last Words

Twists and Turns Between First and Last Words

Every author engages in several practices and methods that are loosely gathered under the heading of “process.” Many of my friends are inveterate outliners. Others keep copious notes which end up on white boards or tacked to cork. Then there are those who carefully lay down their ideas in notebooks. I am no different…except for… more goodness …

Sailing the Seas on a Family Ship

Sailing the Seas on a Family Ship

Last month, we saw how Jane Austen’s family used connections to help promote the careers of her two sailor brothers, Frank and Charles. When we left them, the Napoleonic wars were ending, causing a glut of naval officers. The Austen brothers’ lack of connections—their few sponsors had fallen out of favor—stymied both brothers’ advancement. Both… more goodness …