Jane Austen's England: Daily Life in the Georgian and Regency Periods [NOOK Book]

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An authoritative account of everyday life in Regency England, the backdrop of Austen’s beloved novels



Nearly two centuries after her death, Jane Austen remains the most cherished of all novelists in the English language, incomparable in the wit, warmth, and insight with which she depicts her characters and life. Yet the milieu Austen presents is only one aspect of the ...
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Jane Austen's England: Daily Life in the Georgian and Regency Periods

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Overview

An authoritative account of everyday life in Regency England, the backdrop of Austen’s beloved novels



Nearly two centuries after her death, Jane Austen remains the most cherished of all novelists in the English language, incomparable in the wit, warmth, and insight with which she depicts her characters and life. Yet the milieu Austen presents is only one aspect of the England in which she lived, a time of war, unrest, and dramatic changes in the country’s physical and social landscape. Jane Austen’s England offers a fascinating new view of the great novelist’s time, in a wide-ranging and richly detailed social history of English culture. As in their bestselling book Nelson’s Trafalgar, Roy and Lesley Adkins have drawn upon a wide array of contemporary sources to chart the daily lives of both the gentry and the commoners, providing a vivid cultural snapshot of not only how people worked and played, but how they struggled to survive.
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Jane Austen (1775-1817) died nearly two centuries ago, but she still remains arguably our most beloved novelist. That affection persists but the world in which she lived vanishes more with each passing year. This richly informative book rescues Austen's England by gathering previously unpublished manuscripts, diaries, and letters pertinent to almost every aspect of everyday life of the period. Its topics include everything from birth, education, work, sex practices, courtship, marriage, social activities, crime, punishment, and superstitions. Scores of windows into a lost era.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101622865
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/15/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 121,958
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Roy and Lesley Adkins are husband-and-wife historians and archaeologists and the bestselling authors of Nelson’s Trafalgar, Jack Tar, and The Keys of Egypt, among other

books. They live in Devon, England.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    A great introduction to the culture and customs of late 18th and

    A great introduction to the culture and customs of late 18th and early 19th century England. This book uses a wide array of contemporary sources including Jane Austen's personal letters to portray the everyday lives of the lower and middle classes. It covers many topics including marriage, birth, religion, and hygiene. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this era in English history.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Lesley and Roy Adkins are an excellent writing team (professiona

    Lesley and Roy Adkins are an excellent writing team (professional historians and writers with several fine books to their credit already. Now they provide us with an entertaining, authoritative source book on early 19th Century Britain that one can treasure for years. As a writer, I will often refer to it. My copy of their source book on ancient Rome is so worn from use that it is taped together. In this work, they illuminate an important time and place at the epicenter of the early Industrial Revolution, and the beginning of modern urban civilization as we know it today. From the first gaslight in the world in London (1816) to the early steam engines, from the way people dressed in Jane Austen's day to the way they walked and talked, this book satisfies just about any question a 21st Century reader could ask. A Wonderful and Entertaining Resource

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Recommend for people who enjoy societal history

    Very well researched.Includes numerous explanatory references to common phases used today which have little literal meaning to us.Very thorough.

    Sometimes difficult to read. Written in historical documentational form,so sometimes dull. Must have knowledge of English monetary system to understand many passages.Obviously written for British rather than American readers due to word choices and phasing.

    Very scarey when related to current societal changes in America. We obviously didn't learn from the past or are ignorant of our own history.

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