What exactly is ‘the Regency’? When did it take place? In what ways is Jane Austen a Regency woman and a Regency novelist? In this month’s Musings, Robert Morrison, British Academy Global Professor at Bath Spa University and author of The Regency Revolution, takes us into Jane Austen’s Regency World.
With his series of seasonal stories, Charles Dickens very successfully laid claim to Christmas, and ever since we have been led to believe that all we know and love of the season is a Victorian affair. Yet, writes freelance journalist and author Sarah Jane Downing in this month’s blog, there are many traditions that we
Needlework was the common denominator of female experience in Georgian times and Jane Austen excelled with a needle. Here, our guest blogger Jennie Batchelor, Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Kent, celebrates the considerable craft skills of our favourite novelist. As we all know, Jane Austen was a highly accomplished writer. Not only did
Jane Austen might never have married, but her life had plenty of love interest and, as a letter recently acquired by the Jane Austen House Museum and the Bodleian Library suggests, many of the romantic heroes and amorous adventures that fill her novels are drawn from personal experience.
Our guest blogger Dr. Gabrielle Malcolm, author of There’s Something About Darcy (2019), is a regular speaker at the Jane Austen Festival. For this year’s Festival, Gabrielle will be talking about Jane Austen’s Bath-based novel Northanger Abbey and here she gives us a sneak preview.
Can reading Jane Austen improve our sense of wellbeing? Our guest blogger, Dr. Gabrielle Malcolm, a writer and editor who regularly speaks at the Jane Austen Festival, thinks so - and reveals that prescribing her novels is nothing new.
Our new two-day festive jaunt around Jane Austen’s Bath is led by local historian Diana White. Ahead of the tour, we caught up with her to ask about her book, Jane Austen: The Life and Times of the Woman behind the Books, and the city Jane Austen made her home.
Every family has its own Christmas traditions and rituals. Like many of us, Jane Austen and her neighbours enjoyed decorating their houses with mistletoe and wreaths. With Christmas a-coming, Christine Hughes discovers some popular Regency traditions.
Summer is one of the busiest times of year for travelling, both at home and further abroad. As Jane Austen and her fellow Georgians show, going on a journey has always involved untold delights, undoubted discomforts and, ultimately, the importance of self-discovery. English teacher and Georgian history expert Christine Hughes tells us more.