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Jane Austen's England by Roy Adkins
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Jane Austen's England (original 2013; edition 2013)

by Roy Adkins (Author), Lesley Adkins (Author)

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Nearly two centuries after her death, Jane Austen remains the most beloved of novelists in the English language, incomparable in the wit, warmth and insight with which she chronicles the wayward hearts of her unforgettable characters. Her work also offers a vivid depiction of rural life in late Georgian and Regency England, its country balls and ivy-covered vicarages, its social hierarchies and its anxieties about property and income. Yet the milieu Austen depicted is only one aspect of her era. For 29 of her 41 years the country was embroiled in war. Dramatic changes in industry and agriculture were transforming the country's physical and social landscape. This book offers a new view of her world in a wide-ranging and detailed social history of English life in the early nineteenth century, from weddings to childbearing, from education to fashion, from labor to leisure and finally to the rituals of death.--From publisher description.… (more)
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Jane Austen's England by Roy Adkins (2013)

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Husband and wife authors and historians Roy and Lesley Adkins provide readers with insight into daily life as Jane Austen (1775-1817) would have experienced it. Each chapter looks at various aspects of life, from marriage and family life to home comforts, clothing and fashion, religious life, occupations, leisure and recreation, travel, crime and punishment, medicine, and death. Excerpts from letters, diaries and journals, and other writings of the period provide plenty of examples for readers. Besides examples drawn from Austen’s writings and writings of her family members, the Adkins also incorporate examples from the diaries of Somerset vicar William Holland, the diaries of Norfolk Parson James Woodforde, and the letters and diaries of north country governess Nelly Weeton. The volume of information makes for dense reading, but it’s never dull. ( )
  cbl_tn | Mar 2, 2024 |
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  Jon_Hansen | Apr 30, 2022 |
Very full account of the social history of the late 18th and early 19th century, with copious references to Austen's novels and letters (a few of which are inaccurate). Draws on a wide range of sources, some well-known (eg Woodforde's diary) but also some less known. Thematically arranged. There's a focus on the 'lower orders' but it's quite comprehensive. Well worth reading, as there is so much information you are almost bound to learn something new even if you are already knowledgeable about the era. ( )
  ponsonby | Nov 27, 2021 |
Extremely interesting and readable social history of the late 18th/ very early 19th century. With excerpts from Austen's novels and letters, and a lot of writings of her contemporaries (diaries of a couple of clergyman, and letters from a governess are some of the main contributors), the authors explore just about every aspect of everyday life- medicine, marriage, birth and death, work, leisure, religion, shopping... ( )
  starbox | Apr 11, 2020 |
This is some dense writing, chock full of interesting materials. It is me failing in the exchange, as I can't seem to summon the focus needed. Perhaps in the winter months I will try again...
  2wonderY | Aug 18, 2015 |
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Adkins, Lesleymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Cline, SarahCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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(Introduction) The place is an austere, wartime England.
On a bitterly cold Norfolk morning in January 1787, Parson James Woodforde left the comfort of his rectory at Weston Longville and rode on horseback over a mile and a half along a muddy lane until he reached the imposing church of St Peter in the village of Ringland.
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"First published in England as Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England by Little, Brown" T.p. verso
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Nearly two centuries after her death, Jane Austen remains the most beloved of novelists in the English language, incomparable in the wit, warmth and insight with which she chronicles the wayward hearts of her unforgettable characters. Her work also offers a vivid depiction of rural life in late Georgian and Regency England, its country balls and ivy-covered vicarages, its social hierarchies and its anxieties about property and income. Yet the milieu Austen depicted is only one aspect of her era. For 29 of her 41 years the country was embroiled in war. Dramatic changes in industry and agriculture were transforming the country's physical and social landscape. This book offers a new view of her world in a wide-ranging and detailed social history of English life in the early nineteenth century, from weddings to childbearing, from education to fashion, from labor to leisure and finally to the rituals of death.--From publisher description.

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