Category Archives: History

Judy O’Grady and the Purchased Lady

Judy O’Grady and the Purchased Lady

While researching The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, my trilogy on the life of Jane Austen, I ran across a fascinating book called Judy O’Grady and the Colonel’s Lady: The Army Wife and Camp Follower Since 1660. The work is titled after a Kipling poem, in which he says the poor enlisted wife (“Judy”) and… more goodness …

Top Ten Goofs in Emma (1997)

Top Ten Goofs in Emma (1997)

Are you thinking that the title of this post is a goof? I can practically hear the objections winging their way across the cosmos. The Kate Beckinsale and Gwyneth Paltrow adaptations of Emma were both made in 1996. I wrestled with this conundrum since I can’t duplicate the title and the Goofs and Trivia series has… more goodness …

That’s Right, it’s a Post About Privies

That’s Right, it’s a Post About Privies

It’s much more fun to view the Regency era through rose-colored historical glasses, focusing on the flattering emprire-waisted dresses, pretty bonnets, beautiful countryside, well-stocked elegant country house libraries, and of course the handsome men wearing handsome clothes. Better to ignore the position of women (as the property of either their fathers or their husbands), the… more goodness …

Emma (2009) Trivia Challenge

Emma (2009) Trivia Challenge

At the Box Hill picnic in this version of Emma, Mr. Weston poses a conundrum, asking the group which two letters of the alphabet express perfection. His answer was “M” and “A” which together are “Em-ma.” The awkward irony of this is lost on no-one, as the entire group has just witnessed Emma’s stinging set-down… more goodness …

“Mansfield Park” and Conduct Novels, A Guest Post from Lona Manning

“Mansfield Park” and Conduct Novels, A Guest Post from Lona Manning

“There is a great deal more for you to learn:” Mansfield Park and Conduct Novels       It was once a truth universally acknowledged that parents had a moral duty to raise their children to be industrious, virtuous, charitable, and pious, to prepare their offspring for a happy and useful life on earth and… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in “Emma” (2009)

Top 10 Goofs in “Emma” (2009)

Today’s post was planned to be about the 1997 Kate Beckinsale version, but technology can be fickle and thanks to a DVD player that picked a decidedly inconvenient time to malfunction, I opted for plan B – a version of Emma that I could stream. The four-episode 2009 BBC adaptation of Emma, with Romola Garai in… more goodness …