Category Archives: History

Happy Halloween 2017 from the Austen Authors! Trick or Treat Trivia Time.

Happy Halloween 2017 from the Austen Authors! Trick or Treat Trivia Time.

Halloween origins are a jumbled bag from all over the place. In most cases pinning an exact history to any particular custom is a shot in the dark. The truth is that few (if any) of our contemporary holidays popped up fully formed. Rather, they were created slowly over time and added to along the way.… more goodness …

Pride and Prejudice 1940 Trivia Challenge

Pride and Prejudice 1940 Trivia Challenge

The Pride and Prejudice 1940 Trivia Challenge is unique in that many of the Austen Authors readers may have never even seen this adaptation. The drama that went on behind the scenes is as fascinating as the film. See how you do on the Trivia Challenge Quiz, and then check your answers while you relax.… more goodness …

Fordyce on Women

Fordyce on Women

When Mr. Collins reads from Fordyce’s Sermons in Pride and Prejudice, I always figured he was reading something dry and preachy. What I didn’t figure was that he was also reading something incredibly sexist. Fordyce wrote several books of sermons, but his Sermons for Young Women was the most popular of his books, extremely popular during… more goodness …

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen, a Guest Post from Laurie Benson

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen, a Guest Post from Laurie Benson

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen First, thank you for having me on Austen Authors. Since I collect antiques, I thought I’d share one with your readers that might have appealed to Jane Austen. It’s my Georgian era writing desk. I confess, while it’s in my home and I adore it, the Georgian writing table… more goodness …

Meet Echo, the Inspiration for Belle

Meet Echo, the Inspiration for Belle

This is our dog Echo. Echo joined our family three years ago. She was found huddling for shelter underneath a family’s deck on a wintry afternoon, during a November weekend of freezing rain, wet snow, and miserable winds. The family’s deck backed up to an empty field, and Echo’s rescuer theorized that she had been… more goodness …

Revenants, Returning from the Dead + Giveaway of “Vampire Darcy’s Desire”

Revenants, Returning from the Dead + Giveaway of “Vampire Darcy’s Desire”

Today, I bought candy so that I might stand in my driveway and hand out snacks to those brave enough to enter my small cul de sac, where few turn on their lights for the Trick or Treaters. And once more, my thoughts again run to the macabre. Revenance, or people returning from the dead… more goodness …

A Dance to Time: When Wellington Became a Janeite

A Dance to Time: When Wellington Became a Janeite

The “Long War,” as it was known in the day, raged between England and France during almost all of Jane Austen’s adulthood. Two of her brothers served in the Navy, and the others served in or supported the Militia. England’s problem from the start was that it had no effective way to take the war… more goodness …

How Well Do You Know Regency Fashion?

How Well Do You Know Regency Fashion?

Are YOU a Regency Era fashionista? Do you know a reticule from a parasol? Are pantaloons and chemisettes both undergarments? And what is with all those hats!? For today I thought a visual guessing game would be fun. Test your knowledge of fashion accessories for ladies, entering your answers and/or thoughts in the comments section.… more goodness …