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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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The first-ever full-color facsimile edition of one of Jane Austen's early works, with delightful portraits painted by her sister Cassandra, followed by a transcribed version of the text. Sixteen-year-old Jane describes herself as "a partial, prejudiced, and ignorant historian", and her gleeful parody hints at the humor she would later bring to her novels.

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The first-ever full-color facsimile edition of one of Jane Austen's early works, with delightful portraits painted by her sister Cassandra, followed by a transcribed version of the text. Sixteen-year-old Jane describes herself as "a partial, prejudiced, and ignorant historian", and her gleeful parody hints at the humor she would later bring to her novels.

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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)

Product Details

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)

Meet the Author

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English author known primarily for her six major novels set among the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Considered defining works of the Regency Era and counted among the best-loved classics of English literature, Austen’s books include Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. The latter two were published after her death.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 16, 1775
Date of Death:
July 18, 1817
Place of Birth:
Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England
Place of Death:
Winchester, Hampshire, England
Education:
Taught at home by her father

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