elegance of history blog: History geek, avid reader and art lover. Here you will find random bits of history, book reviews and musings on art, literature, manners, life, music and anything else that interests me.
Hello everyone, have you started your Christmas shopping yet? If you’re still looking for the perfect present for a history lover, check out these adorable gifts below: Marie Antoinette ship inspired fascinator ($92.84) Delysse Bouquet Du Trianon Candle (£37.00) Personalized Anne Boleyn style necklace ($50.00) Literary & Co Jane Austen Tea (a blend of earl
WARNING: THE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS I am a stickler for accuracy. That’s especially true when it comes to movies taken from or inspired by my favourite books, such as Pride & Prejudice. That’s why it took me a long, long time to sit down and watch Lost In Austen, an insane movie (originally a TV
I always thought that, out of all Jane Austen’s works, Northanger Abbey was the easiest to adapt in a movie. It is the most faced-paced, light-hearted, and features a Gothic element that works really well on screen. Yet, the 1986 film adaptation of this work falls short on so many levels. Where to start? The
Hello everyone, curious to find out what I’ve been reading lately? Here we go: Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie JamesI don’t read many romance novels these days but, as a Janeite, I just couldn’t pass this up. Inspired by actual events in Jane Austen’s life, the book imagines our favourite English author falling in
Martha Lloyd was a close friend of the Austen family. Cassandra, Jane’s mother, even contributed to the book of recipes she wrote at Chawthon. Here’s her entry: If the vicar you treat,You must give him to eat,A pudding to hit his affection;And to make his repast,By the canon of taste,Be the present receipt your direction.
Joan Hassall was an English book illustrator and wood engraver. Between 1957 and 1962, the Folio Society commissioned her to create wood engravings for new editions of Jane Austen’s works. Here are a few; aren’t they marvellous? EMMA MANSFIELD PARK NORTHANGER ABBEY PERSUASION PRIDE & PREJUDICE
Jane Austen loved needlework and was very good at it. The picture above shows a detail of a beautiful patchwork quilt, made up of 64 different fabrics, she made with her sister Cassandra and their mother. Today, the quilt can be admired on a tent bed in the Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton. For more
Sense And Sensibility is, after Pride and Prejudice, my favourite Jane Austen book. That’s why it took me so long to watch this movie. That may seem a contradiction to some of you, but film adaptations often ruin the books, twisting or taking out important events and characters, and sometimes even replacing them with new
Princess Charlotte of Wales was a fan of Jane Austen, and didn’t even know it. When her uncle, the Duke Of York, lent her a copy of Sense and Sensibility, written by an anonymous lady, he believed, and so did Charlotte, that it was written by a certain Lady Anne Paget. Charlotte loved the book
I’ve always been an avid reader and I’m grateful I was born at a time when books are easily accessible and cheap (if not free). It wasn’t always like that. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, books were quite expensive, and were often released in volumes that had no binding. If an educated young lady