An authoritative account of everyday life in Regency England, the backdrop of Austen’s beloved novels, from the authors of the forthcoming Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History (March 2018)
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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Know Your Place xv
1 Wedding Bells 1
2 Breeding 20
3 Toddler to Teenager 50
4 Home and Hearth 80
5 Fashions and Filth 115
6 Sermons and Superstitions 147
7 Wealth and Work 173
8 Leisure and Pleasure 206
9 On the Move 238
10 Dark Deeds 263
11 Medicine Men 293
12 Last Words 322
Weights and Measures 345
Chronological Overview 347
List of Maps 399
List of Illustrations 401
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
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.
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.