Category Archives: History

Peak Inside the Typical Regency Era Townhouse

Peak Inside the Typical Regency Era Townhouse

Have you ever wondered about the inside layout of a typical London townhouse? Of course, there were variations in design, size, styling, and decor to these upper-crust neighborhood dwellings. For the wealthy, money was not a huge concern. On the other hand, land was a premium commodity and the narrow, often oddly shaped lots created… more goodness …

Persuasion (1995) Trivia Challenge

Persuasion (1995) Trivia Challenge

In the mid-nineties, an uncoordinated high-tide of Austen adaptations hit the screens in wave after wave of Regency (and modern) delights. Some were rich multi-episode series, others, cinematic masterpieces meant to be viewed on the big screen.  The 1995 production of Persuasion was at the fore of this trend that nurtured a new generation of… more goodness …

Autumn, Pumpkin Spice, and a little JAFF story

Autumn, Pumpkin Spice, and a little JAFF story

Sometimes it’s hard to come up with an interesting topic for my posts that’s not been done a dozen times before. People tell me it’s okay to add my own spin on things, but I confess I do like to be different. This month, I wanted to tie into the season we are coming into… more goodness …

The Old Cookbook Experiment, Part 1

The Old Cookbook Experiment, Part 1

So if you read my post last month, I was talking about checking out some old cookbooks and saying that I planned to give some of the less alarming recipes a try (no sheep’s heads or calves’ feet, thank you!). I started with this recipe from Margaret Dods’ The Cook and Housewife’s Manual (1826)  and… more goodness …

Top Ten Goofs in Persuasion (1995)

Top Ten Goofs in Persuasion (1995)

I watched this adaptation of Persuasion before I ever read the book, and in many ways, it defined the way I see the main characters and locations. I confess that part of me resisted the task of finding fault with it since in my estimation it is very nearly perfect. Alas, nothing is truly perfect,… more goodness …

The Mistress of the House, OR: What Lizzy Did At Pemberley

The Mistress of the House, OR: What Lizzy Did At Pemberley

What Elizabeth Bennet’s life would have been like once she became Mrs. Darcy of Pemberley is the subject of a good many Austen variations out there, and it’s been something I’ve been considering recently as I work on Anne de Bourgh’s Diary, a story which commences on the day of Elizabeth and Darcy’s wedding. Though… more goodness …

A Jane Austen Time Line

A Jane Austen Time Line

1764-The Reverend George Austen marries Cassandra Leigh. They take up residence at Deane Parsonage in Hampshire. 1765 (to 1819) – Brother James was born. Like his sister, James had literary aspirations, but he never knew even the success than Jane could claim. “Often thought by the family to be the “literary one” (see his poem on Sense… more goodness …