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, A. S. Byatt
     
 

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Introduction by A. S. Byatt. 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

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Introduction by A. S. Byatt. 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. "Treats royalty with less respect (and more wit) than a British tabloid."--Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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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:
9781565120556
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Pages:
60
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.41(d)

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