The History of England: From the Reign of Henry the 4th to the Death of Charles the 1st

The History of England: From the Reign of Henry the 4th to the Death of Charles the 1st

by Jane Austen
     
 

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Since the first publication of her major works at the start of the nineteenth century, generations of readers have loved Jane Austen - for her quick wit and for her keen observations of the manners and mores of her society. Even before Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility, Jane observed the English monarchs with an already keen eye and unmistakable wit… See more details below

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Since the first publication of her major works at the start of the nineteenth century, generations of readers have loved Jane Austen - for her quick wit and for her keen observations of the manners and mores of her society. Even before Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility, Jane observed the English monarchs with an already keen eye and unmistakable wit in this, her History of England. When she was just sixteen years old, Jane wrote this gleeful parody of Goldsmith's four-volume History of England (which virtually every English schoolchild - Jane included - had to read). Her version is an irreverent look at a subject usually treated with deadly seriousness. The monarchs - from Henry IV to Charles I - are full of very human whims and weaknesses, both in Jane's text and in her sister Cassandra's miniature portraits, which depict the kings and queens of England as ordinary and sometimes rather disreputable-looking individuals. Produced in association with The British Library, with an introduction from A. S. Byatt and a note on the text from Austen biographer Deirdre Le Faye, this facsimile makes the spirit of the original work available for the first time to all who love Jane Austen's writing.

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Library Journal
Aficionados of Jane Austen and of historical satire will delight in this spoof on the history of the British monarchy from 1399 to 1649. Austen's note that this history is ``By a partial, prejudiced & ignorant Historian (Note: There will be very few Dates in this History)'' hints at the tone of the work. What follows are brief, opinionated pieces, ranging from two sentences on Edward V ``who lived so little a while that nobody had time to draw his picture'' to 19 sentences on Elizabeth, of whom ``It was the peculiar Misfortune . . . to have had bad Ministers--Since wicked as she herself was, she could not have committed such extensive Mischief, had not these vile & abandoned Men connived at, and encouraged her in her Crimes.'' This publication contains a transcription as well as a full-color facsimile of the handwritten journal of 16-year-old Austen and small cameo paintings of the royals by her older sister, Cassandra, showing the early developed talent and wit of both sisters. Highly recommended.-- Jeris Cassel, Rutgers Univ. Lib., New Brunswick, N . J.
Booknews
Jane Austen wrote this slim "history" for fun when she was 16 years old, and her sister Cassandra illustrated the text with small portraits. Her subtitle reads: By a Partial, Prejudiced, & Ignorant Historian. (Note: There Will Be Very Few Dates in this History). This facsimile contains a transcription, an introduction by A.S. Byatt, and a note on the text by Deirdre Le Faye who explains how the manuscript came into the hands of the British Library. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780146001550
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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