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The Historical Gift Guide 2014

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

Movie Review: Lost In Austen

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

Movie Review: Northanger Abbey (1986)

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

Mrs Austen’s Pudding Recipe

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.

Jane Austen’s Quilt

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

Movie Review: Sense And Sensibility (1995)

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

A Royal Austen Fan

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

What Would A 19th Century Lady Read?

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