Category Archives: History

Announcing the Winner of Alexa Adams’s “Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Present” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Alexa Adams’s “Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Present” Giveaway

Austen Authors is proud to announce the winners of Alexa Adams‘s “Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Present” Giveaway. John Smith will each a special prize package from Ms. Adams that includes an eBook of Alexa‘s latest release, Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Present, a set of five handmade Christmas cards, featuring seasonal quotes from Jane Austen’s novels, plus a collection… more goodness …

What Do William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, and a Pride and Prejudice Vagary Have in Common? + a Giveaway

What Do William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, and a Pride and Prejudice Vagary Have in Common? + a Giveaway

  Several months back, I landed upon an idea that has become part of my latest Austen-inspired book. You see, there is this whole faction of people/experts who believe that Francis Bacon and others within Bacon’s circle wrote Shakespeare’s plays. And guess what? Francis Bacon’s home is in the St Albans area of Hertfordshire. Old… more goodness …

Book Launch of ‘Austen Marriage’; Plus Giveaway, Excerpt!

Book Launch of ‘Austen Marriage’; Plus Giveaway, Excerpt!

Having written the last several times about Jane Austen’s relationships with men–and the confusion about which relationships were real and which ones lacked supporting evidence–I am announcing today the launch of the last volume in my trilogy based on her life, “The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen.” True to what is (actually) known about her… more goodness …

Silhouettes: An Alternative Portraiture with a Dark History (pun intended)

Silhouettes: An Alternative Portraiture with a Dark History (pun intended)

For hundreds of years, until the invention of the camera, the only way to quickly and cheaply immortalize a loved one was through a shade, also referred to as a shadow portrait. As opposed to more decorative and expensive forms of portraiture like painting or sculpture, a shade was a simple and inexpensive alternative. Early artisans could copy… more goodness …

Jane at Our Table

Jane at Our Table

Obviously, there was no Thanksgiving in Regency England, nor is there now, of course, since it originated with the pilgrims who came to the new world to escape religious persecution, and who celebrated one year of survival (well, certainly not all of them survived, but those who did celebrated), by inviting the native people of… more goodness …

Inheritance and the Need for a Widow’s Pension in Jane Austen’s Novels

Inheritance and the Need for a Widow’s Pension in Jane Austen’s Novels

By Jane Austen’s time, primogeniture was no longer the law of the land, but it remained a strongly entrenched custom of inheritance proceedings. Breaking apart large landholdings were frowned upon. An impoverished aristocracy, whose wealth rested in the agricultural realm, would lead to total chaos in the countryside or so it was assumed. The practice… more goodness …

Last Pieces Come Together in Austen Puzzle

Last Pieces Come Together in Austen Puzzle

Stepping back 200 years, what we see in Jane Austen’s personal life are tantalizing hints of relationships but primarily obfuscation about any possible romances from 1802, when she was 26, until her retirement to Chawton Cottage with the other Austen women in 1809. As described in my last two blogs, Jane had one boyfriend, Tom… more goodness …