Category Archives: History

Regency Dances

Regency Dances

The other day I read some information about Regency dancing. Some of it was rather fascinating. I love the names of some of the dances. And there is a bit more to it than I realized: etiquette, dress, 40 million different dances, and practical considerations such as men leaving their swords at the door. hehehe… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Sense and Sensibility (1981)

Top 10 Goofs in Sense and Sensibility (1981)

Austen adaptations from the 1970s and ’80s are a fascinating study. The interior shots are invariably done in sets with lighting that creates inappropriate shadows–bad photoshops have made me particularly sensitive to those–and the production values tend to be a bit laxer all around. I speculate that the people who created these period series had… more goodness …

Brides, Grooms and Weddings in Jane Austen’s Novels

Brides, Grooms and Weddings in Jane Austen’s Novels

The wedding season is well and truly upon us. I have three weddings this year, two of them in the next few weeks, which has got me thinking about how vow exchanging ceremonies feature in Jane Austen’s novels… The Tradition “It was a very proper wedding. The bride was elegantly dressed; the two bridesmaids were… more goodness …

The Lyrical Roots of Writing

The Lyrical Roots of Writing

I offer two selections from the redoubtable H.L. Mencken in defense of my thesis. The first is an opening salvo. Who ever heard of a bad autobiography? That is, a bad honest one? I can scarcely imagine it. And, two sentences later still in the same paragraph… (For there is a dreadful fascination with the… more goodness …

Napoleon’s City of Smugglers

Napoleon’s City of Smugglers

When I’m doing research for my novels, I often find interesting and unexpected historical nuggets that prove the adage “truth is stranger than fiction.” One of the surprising facts that I unearthed during my research was the existence of a “smugglers’ city” in Gravelines, France. Because England and France were at war, trade between them… more goodness …

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 …