Jane Austen's England

Jane Austen's England

Book - 2013
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A cultural snapshot of everyday life in the world of Jane Austen

Jane Austen, arguably the greatest novelist of the English language, wrote brilliantly about the gentry and aristocracy of two centuries ago in her accounts of young women looking for love. Jane Austen's England explores the customs and culture of the real England of her everyday existence depicted in her classic novels as well as those by Byron, Keats, and Shelley. Drawing upon a rich array of contemporary sources, including many previously unpublished manuscripts, diaries, and personal letters, Roy and Lesley Adkins vividly portray the daily lives of ordinary people, discussing topics as diverse as birth, marriage,  religion, sexual practices, hygiene, highwaymen, and superstitions.

From chores like fetching water to healing with  medicinal leeches, from selling wives in the marketplace to buying smuggled gin, from the hardships faced by young boys and girls in the mines to the familiar sight of corpses swinging on gibbets, Jane Austen's England offers an authoritative and gripping account that is sometimes humorous, often shocking, but always entertaining.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2013.
ISBN: 9780670785841
0670785849
Characteristics: xxvi, 422 p. : ill., maps.
Additional Contributors: Adkins, Roy (Roy A.).
Adkins, Lesley

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CRAIGEEJ
Jan 17, 2015

Took my time reading it its very detailed not a real anglophile but all in all its better than binge watching the Tudors.

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sstoneham
Aug 11, 2014

Interesting read. Makes the times of Pride and Prejudice seem not quite so romantic. Much of the info came from the late 18th century rather than the early 19th century. Much probably changed in those 20 or so years from Austen's youth to her middle age and I would have preferred more info from this later period. I also would have enjoyed more info on how the upperclass lived, vs. "regular people" as this tends to be whom Austen wrote about. Interesting read for any Jane Austen fan.

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GummiGirl
Dec 03, 2013

A good study of everyday English life during Austen's lifetime (1775-1817). As with Austen's novels, the emphasis is on ordinary people and events, so don't expect a lot of drama. But there's a lot of information on work, leisure, transportation, etc., as experienced by everyone from paupers to gentry.

hgeng63 Nov 07, 2013

I had to plow through some of this, but I did learn some new facts.

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